(Yes, You Can Freeze Your Eyes!)
While the official first day of winter isn’t until December 21, temperatures are already dropping, cold winds are blowing, and we’re wearing coats, gloves and hats to stay warm and protected from the cold. But you may be neglecting one important part of your body in the winter: your eyes!
Winter eye care is more important than you may realize. Bright sun reflections from snow and drier air conditions can irritate your eyes and impair your vision. Although the cold, dry air of winter may not be ideal for optimal vision health, there are plenty of solutions to keep your eyes clear, comfortable and healthy this season.
Although it may seem like the sun disappears in the winter, UV rays do not. And if there is snow on the ground, the amount of UV rays you’re exposed to can double from what is present during the summer months. The bright sun reflects off the white surface of snow, which magnifies the rays and makes them even stronger. Snow blindness (photokeratitis) can occur when your eyes are overloaded with UV rays, causing blurry or temporarily lost vision.
A cold or flu virus can survive for several hours on everyday surfaces like grocery cart handles or doorknobs. Touching one of these infected items before rubbing your eyes can introduce the virus to your immune system very quickly.
Whether you love or hate winter, don’t let it affect your vision. Protect your eyes and keep them healthy this season!
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