A guide to protecting your eyes this autumn/ winter

With summer almost over, it’s time to turn our attention to autumn/ winter – which means darker evening, cold nights and more time indoors. But did you know that the colder weather can also have an impact on your eyes?

Our Harrow Opticians shares some of the ways in which winter can affect your vision, and our top tips for ensuring your eyes are protected.

Dry eyes

The cold weather can really dry eyes out, and if you already suffer from dry eye syndrome, central heating may make them even worse. Dry eyes can be uncomfortable, and turn sore if left untreated. One way to treat them is with lubricating eye drops, but there are also a number of other things you can do to ease the discomfort. Try lowering room temperatures slightly, making an effort to blink more and opening the windows every so often – all of which will help.

Winter Sun

Although we tend to see the warm sun in summer, the winter sun can be dazzling; due to the glare of the low-lying sun. This tends to be particularly bad in the mornings when you’re on the morning commute to work or school. What’s more, snow and ice are reflective, which means the sun’s UV rays can reach your eyes from below. Therefore, it’s important you carry a pair of sunglasses with you, either in your bag or in the car. This way you’ll be protecting your eyes from damage, and ensuring the sun doesn’t dazzle you.

Increased screen time

With more people staying in, it’s no wonder that there tends to be an increase in screen time, with more hours of TV being watched, and more time spent on computers and scrolling through Facebook. Just remember that prolonged screen use can make your eyes tired and dry. Therefore, it’s important to take regular breaks to prevent this from happening. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something 20 feet away.

Reduced vision

Winter marks the start of longer evenings, and darker days, which can make seeing clearly more difficult. When it’s dark, your pupils dilate and become larger, to let more light in, which results in more blurred vision. Therefore, glasses wearers may find that they become more reliant on their glasses at night. If driving at night, make sure you wear your glasses and take extra care when on the roads to reduce the risk of accidents.

For further information about protecting your eyes in Autumn/ Winter, please pop into a branch and speak to our expert team. To book your routine eye check-up with our Harrow Opticians, click here!