Welcome to the winter season! The time of year with the best holidays, beautiful lights, and snow if you’re lucky! It’s also the time of year when the cold weather air tends to be far drier than we’re used to. But don’t worry—you can always trust us to bring you tips to provide the best care for your eyes and mouth!
TIP #1: HYGIENE
Or EYEgiene if you’re punny, wink wink. It’s hugely important to keep your eyes clean and free of debris. Wash your face thoroughly in the morning when you wake up and at night before bed. You’ll also want to clean things that regularly come in contact with your eyes—such as makeup brushes, contacts, etc. Do your best to avoid using your fingers and hands to wipe your eyes as this could be bringing dirt, bacteria, and such into your eyes.
TIP #2: SUNGLASSES
It might feel like a summer thing, but sunglasses are just as important to wear in the winter as they are in the summer. We recommend wearing sunglasses in direct sunlight to protect your eyes from UV exposure. Wearing sunglasses also protects your eyes from the reflection of snowy surfaces. We’ve got amazing sunglasses in a variety of shapes, sizes, and brands—stop by our in-office shop to check them out and try them on!
TIP #3: HYDRATE
A no-brainer. As usual, hydration is key in helping you maintain an appropriate amount of moisture as well as that beautiful twinkle in your eyes.
TIP #4: HUMIDIFY YOUR SPACE
Much like the outdoors, the indoor air can also become dry. Bringing in a humidifier to humidify your space will certainly help your eyes adjust and maintain moisture. On that note, it’s smart to also keep your distance from things like personal heaters, bonfires, fireplaces, etc. which can be drying for your eyes.
TIP #5: BLINK
Remember to blink! If you’re typically working at the computer or you’re looking at your phone, you tend to blink much less. Blinking helps with lubrication in the form of tears, so blink often to keep those eyes hydrated!
TIP #5: ARTIFICIAL TEARS
If you feel as though you must use artificial tears to lubricate your eyes, we recommend talking to a member of our eye care team here at Thomas Dental and Eye Care so we can recommend a personalized solution for your dry eyes.
Hopefully, these tips will help you keep a twinkle in your eye during the winter season!