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12:00 AM, January 21, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 21, 2018

Keep your eyes healthy during winter

The winter season can take its toll on your mood, health, and body. Your eyes are no exception! Pay attention to your vision and eyes as the weather gets colder and the days get darker. A few simple techniques can improve the health of your eyes and keep you seeing clearly, longer, through the winter.

1. Stay away from heaters: You may feel the urge to congregate around your heating system to stay warm, but keeping your distance can save you a lot of eye problems and discomfort. Stay away as much as possible and stay warm by layering up if you find your environment becomes too dry.

2. Focus on moisture: The dry winter air can make eyes itchy, red, or develop a stinging sensation. Consult with an ophthalmologist about moisturising eye drops to help your eyes stay moist and avoid becoming irritated throughout the cold months.

3. Wear sunglasses: Just because it is not hot outside does not mean the sun has gone away. Even in indirect sunlight, your eyes can have a hard time adjusting and filtering light. Wear your sunglasses, even on overcast days, in order to reduce strain and maintain your vision.

4. Avert your eyes: The glowing screens draw us in all year, but with grey mornings and cold afternoons, they can become even more enticing and bright. It can be more tempting to stay indoors with your gadgets when the weather gets frigid, but being aware of your time spent looking at a screen can help reduce the harmful effects on your eyes. Keep your settings in check and give your eyes a break by looking at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.

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