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Tips to protect your eyes this winter

Our eyes are extremely delicate organs, and while most of us often think more about staying warm in the winter months rather than taking care of our eyes, injuries and irritation can just as easily occur in February as in June. Whether you’re hitting the slopes, heading to work or just getting cozy by the fire, you should be aware of your surroundings when it comes to protecting your vision. Here are some easy tips to keep your eyes healthy this winter.

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Don’t forget your sunglasses.

Snowy conditions can actually double the sun’s effect as ultraviolet rays enter your eyes from above and are also reflected off the snow into your eyes. Wearing sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of ultraviolet light as well as wearing a hat or visor during particularly bright conditions can help to protect your eyes.

Keep your eyes moist.

Heat and indoor air circulation can cause irritation and eye dryness. It can be especially painful and annoying for those who already suffer from dry eye, a chronic condition in which the body doesn’t properly produce tears. To combat the effects of heat and air circulation try sitting farther away from sources of heat and using artificial tears or a humidifier to alleviate dryness.

Wear proper eye gear.

It’s very easy for dirt, slush and even ice to get into your eyes while you’re participating in outdoor activities during the winter season. Sunglasses can help, but they don’t always do enough; wear goggles for maximum eye protection. Find a pair that has enough room for you to wear sunglasses underneath them or find a pair that already has built in UV protection.