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Winter Eye Health
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Winter Eye Health

Winter Eye Health

At SmartBuyGlasses we’re firm believers in eye health.

It’s important to ensure that you protect your eyes all year round but the issue of protection only really seems to crop up in summertime. But the winter months can also bring around problems for your eyes because of the cold weather and dryer conditions.

We’ve put together a few tips for ensuring that you keep your eyes in tip top condition all winter long. Plus there’s a few that you can definitely take into the warmer months too. Take a look at the list below for some Winter Eye Health tips!

Eye Health Tips

Hot and Cold

We’re constantly managing to go from excruciating cold to the relative warmth of our homes and offices (unless you’re luck enough to live in the warmer climes that is). Well all of this moving from one extreme to the other actually has a damaging effect on our eyes and our skin. The air outside is lacking moisture and the air inside is doing the same. To combat these effects, you could invest in a personal humidifier to sit on your desk at home or work. It adds moisture to the air around you and you’ll feel the benefit and you’ll be the talking point of the office. If that’s a little extreme, you could invest in some good moisturizer and eye-drops.

Dry eye banner, Winter Eye Health

Food for Sight

Food and exercise are pretty much all anyone talks about at this time of year, my newsfeed is photos of kale, aloe vera and workout gear. Obviously we all know the benefits of diet and exercise for our bodies, but they can also have a huge impact on our eyesight. Check out these foods for healthier eyes:

  • Salmon –  contains fatty acids that are also found in your retina, eating this can reduce your risk of getting dry eye syndrome.
  • Kale, spinach and other leafy greens –  can provide anti-oxidants that help prevent retina damage.
  • Carrots and other orange vegetables –  help you see in the dark. Well not quite but the vitamin A they contain helps us to adjust to low levels of light at night.

Eye Health Banner Food, Winter Eye Health

A Cup a Day keeps the Doctor Away

Good news and bad news for drinkers of hot drinks. The good news is that it has been shown that drinking one cup of tea or coffee a day can help to increase moisture in the eyes, especially great for cold and dry weather. The bad news is that anything more than one cup can actually have the opposite effect.

Coffee banner, Winter Eye Health

Twenty. Twenty. Twenty

I’m going to take a shot in the dark right now and guess that you’re reading this on a computer or tablet. Well spending time on our computers is something that we do more of in winter than we do in summer and it can do bad things to our eyesight. Computer Vision Syndrome (find out more here) can have some nasty side effects like dry eyes, headaches and eyestrain.To help a little you can just keep in mind the 20-20-20 rule, that is for every 20 minutes looking at a screen, you should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Or you can invest in some badass Gunnar computer glasses.

computers, Winter Eye Health

Sunglasses in the Snow

As much as some people may hate the cold weather, the sun does occasionally shine and it’s those days that provide some of the most fun we can have. However, lots of people think that just because it’s cold, you don’t need to wear those new sunglasses you got over summer. In fact, it’s essential that you wear them because the sun can do just as much damage as it can in the summer, and if it has been snowing, there’s likely to be a lot of glare as well. Polarized sunglasses are the best bet for getting rid of that nasty glare.

winter day, Winter Eye Health

You’ve got Nothing Better to do

What are you doing right now? You’re reading this and you’re probably inside and planning on staying that way for a while. Well since you’ve got nothing better to do, why not book an appointment with your eye doctor? Your prescription might have changed and you might need new glasses and that’s pretty important information to have. So what are you waiting for?

Would you like to know more about eye care, don’t forget to visit our optical center for more interesting articles and info about eye health.

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