Winter conditions can be harsh on your eyes, presenting particular challenges and reasons to protect them. Here are some tips on how to look after your eyes this winter.
Make sure your eyes are road-safe
It can be difficult to see when driving in the long dark nights of winter and it’s easy to understand why more accidents happen at night.
Also, glare from the low-lying sun at this time of year, can make daytime driving more hazardous too - particularly when extra light is reflected from wet or icy roads.
Certain eye problems, like cataracts and macular degeneration, can make you even more susceptible to glare. So, if you have these conditions, take extra care when driving at night or in bright sunshine.
Avoid dry eyes
If you have dry eyes, winter can be a particularly trying time. Central heating and increased time spent indoors can make your eyes more prone to dryness - especially when reading, using computer devices or watching TV. That's because your eyes blink less often during these activities.
Dryness can make your eyes sore, red and irritated. Other typical symptoms include grittiness, itchiness, stinging, burning and temporarily blurred vision.
In some cases dry eye problems are linked with health conditions, like arthritis, thyroid and rosacea.
Improve your lighting
The lower levels of light in winter can make reading and close tasks more difficult - especially for older people and those with existing vision problems, like cataracts and macular degeneration. At Eric Mercer's we are partners with Serious Readers, manufacturers of high definition lighting. For more info, call in for a brochure or check out the Serious Readers website.