Protecting your eyes from UV light during the summer is a given — but what about the winter?
Winter sun on the slopes
While the UK might not have an abundance of winter sun, if you are heading for the slopes, UV light is considerably stronger due to the way it reflects off the snow, it is up to 8 times stronger.
Wearing good quality glasses or goggles should help protect your eyes, due to their specific design. To much exposure to the sun can damage parts of your eye, maybe increasing risk cataracts and AMD later on in life.
We’re huge fans of Smith Optics for the slopes. They have wide range of excellent goggles to suit all budget.
Turn down your heating
Sitting in your home with the heating on all day puts you more at risk of itchy, dry eyes. If you work from home, no doubt you are starting at a computer screen too.
To help, try turning the heating down a fraction, open the windows for a few minutes regularly, or use a humidifier to put moisture back into the air and drink plenty of fluids to help stop your eyes drying out.
Driving at night
Driving is made more difficult at night. Your pupils enlarge to let in more light, but your depth of vision decreases and things can look blurrier, so be extra vigilant when driving at night and reduce your speed.
During the day, the glare of sunlight on icy roads can impair your vision, so keep a good pair of sunglasses with you in the car.
With shorter days we tend to not go out as much, preferring the latest box set over a walk or a workout. It’s worth making the effort though, lack of exercise can be a factor in several eye conditions. A simple daily brisk walk can help reduce the risk of sight loss caused by high blood pressure and diabetes, for example.
Colds and flu
If you are suffering from a cold or flu, you may find your eyes watery, itchy and irritated. Try to resist the urge to rub them and splash them with cold water or apply a cold compress/flannel soaked in coldwater and hold it over your eyes for a few minutes, alternatively you can use eye drops.
Keeping yourself well hydrated with plenty of fluids will also help.
Avoid comfort foods
In the winter we tend to crave starchy comfort foods, but it is important that we eat fruit and veg for optimum eye health. The antioxidant nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin are found found in orange-yellow fruits and vegetables and are beneficial in slowing degenerative eye conditions like AMD.
Alternatively you can try our ClearVision liposomal supplement, designed to absorb up to 8 times more nutrients than traditional vitamin tablets.
If you’d like to find out more about how to combat age related macular degeneration have a look at our post here.
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