As you gaze outside your window this winter, don’t lose sight of what brings every wonderland to light—your eyes. By taking precautions this season, you can preserve your vision and guarantee that you will enjoy the sights of the holiday seasons to come. To do so, you need to understand how winter weather creates hazards for the eyes.
Overexposure to the winter sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays without proper eye protection can temporarily harm the eyes or even cause photokeratitis. This condition is like sunburning sensitive tissues of the eyeball. Although photokeratitis may heal with time, the best way to safeguard vision is to avoid excessive UV ray exposure.
People associate winter with gray skies, the sun often comes out unexpectedly. Since sunglasses are left behind, many people are subjected to exposure without the proper protection.
Ski goggles, which cover the eyes as well as the surrounding skin, are another option. Goggles are the preferred protection for snowmobilers as well as downhill and cross-country skiers, since they block harmful sunlight while preventing debris and snow from blowing into the eyes.
The sun is not winter’s only eye hazard. Cool winds and dry air can irritate eyes, even in warmer climates. Harsh weather can make eyes constantly dry and irritated, especially for those who wear contact lenses. Dry eyes can be trouble inside as well, since indoor heat tends to eliminate moisture from the air.
To add moisture to eyes, he recommends eye drops, like artificial tears, a few times a day. In addition, he suggests installing humidifiers throughout the house to increase indoor levels of humidity.
Preventive medicine is just one aspect of care osteopathic physicians (DOs) provide. Osteopathic physicians are fully-licensed to prescribe medicine and practice in all specialty areas including surgery. DOs are trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients.
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The Human eye is an amazing organ that most of us rely on every waking moment of the day.
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