For those living in the Jacksonville area, they know how strong the sun can be during summer. While you most likely know that you should always wear sunglasses outdoors in summer to protect your eyes from sunlight, did you know that this is also important in winter? Keep the following tips in mind, so you can protect your eyes and vision during the winter months.
Keep Wearing Sunglasses
Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can increase your risk of developing cataracts and other eye problems, especially as you get older. Some of these eye conditions can even raise your risk of suffering permanent vision loss. Despite popular belief, these UV rays don’t go away in winter, so it’s still crucial to wear sunglasses to shield your eyes. If you’re near water, keep in mind that sunlight reflecting off of its surface is even brighter, leading to more UV exposure. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy out, don’t leave your house without sunglasses on this winter.
Use Eye Drops When Needed
When your furnace or heating system runs during winter, this can make the air in your home dryer. Sitting around in dry air can make your eyes feel irritated. Your eyes can also become dry when you’re outside in cooler air, especially if it’s windy. Keep eye drops handy, so you can soothe irritated eyes as needed this winter.
Put a Hat On
Sunglasses help shield your eyes from the sun’s UV rays, but wearing a hat can offer even more protection. When you head outdoors this winter, consider wearing a hat with a wide brim. Having one of these hats on helps shield your eyes from UV rays and has the added benefit of protecting your skin. Plan on putting a wide-brimmed hat on when you’ll be outside for a while, even on cloudy or overcast days.
Wear Safety Gear
If you’ll be outside taking care of your yard or doing other activities, you might need to put on some safety gear to protect your eyes. Foreign items can get into your eyes and scratch your cornea or do other damage that could affect your vision. If you’ll be at risk of this, wear safety goggles for protection.
If you are experiencing any problems with your eyes, please contact Florida Eye Specialists to set up an appointment. Our ophthalmologists can evaluate your eyes and provide you with treatment if needed. We have seven comprehensive eye care locations available in the Jacksonville area for your convenience.