Winter Is Coming’ but unlike Winterfell, the cold season is something we all eagerly wait for. White snow, hot chocolates and fluffy sweaters, a perfect backdrop for cosy celebrations. But as the temperature is dropping and our wardrobe is turning on the fuzzier sides, there is one vital part of the body that we often forget to protect — eyes. Many of us believe that summer is the only time to protect the windows of vision, but it is equally crucial to keep them protected in winters, as the season brings a whole slew of eye-related problems due to dry air and germs that flourish with them. So, we are presenting a few tips that will keep your organ of sight safe and sound.
Sunglasses are not meant just for summers as UV rays coming from the sun are harmful to eye irrespective of the season and temperature. It is a myth that these rays are bad only in summertime and does not affect in cold and cloudy days. The truth is that the sun does not need to be harsh to harm the eyes but they are more powerful when they bounce off pavements or objects, particularly in the cold season. So, it is always a good thing to use sunglasses when you are out so it can block maximum UV lights.
Dry Eyes Prevention
As the temperature is dropping significantly, the air also cools down which then becomes unable to hold as much humidity as held otherwise through the rest of the year. Cold winds blowing outside can turn out to be dehydrating for both the eye and skin which need adequate moisture to remain healthy. Exposure to chilly air means rapidly losing essential moisture content through the surface of the eye which is comprised of 99 per cent of water. So, in order to avoid any irritation and dryness drink plenty of water, stay away from direct heat sources, use a humidifier to restore moisture in the air and use artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to revive the mist of eyes.
To improve the functioning of the eye’s Meibomian glands, which generates the oily parts of tears, consuming Omega-3 can be extremely healthy. Equating some researches, people who take high dietary intake of these acids show a decreased incidence of dry eye syndrome. So, to keep the sight strong outside it is necessary to strengthen the body inside. And to do so omega-3 fatty acid is the best source, promoting the consumption of fatty fishes like salmon and tuna, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, palm and soybean oil.
No Makeup Sharing
We all have this habit where we share our beauty products with our friends and family, falling under the trap of promoting sharing is caring, but in this case, we will suggest you not to bestow your eye makeup products with anyone. You might get a nasty viral, bacterial or fungal infection in eyes. Diseases like herpes simplex or conjunctivitis are quite transmissible, especially during cold times.
Scheduled Eye Exam
Regular eye check-ups are imperative to maintain a good sight. Book an appointment with an ophthalmologist and check for any underlying symptoms and ways to prevent them.