Winter Eye Care Tips from FSAstore.com

Cold weather can not only be harsh on our skin, but can also affect our eyes. From dry air to sharp sunlight, there are numerous conditions that will strain eyesight.

Here are some winter eye care tips from FSAstore.com (also relying on the expertise of health care professionals cited by EveryDayHealth.com):

Wear protective eye gear. Prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses do their part to cover our eyes. According to Anne Sumers, MD, an ophthalmologist cited by EveryDayHealth.com, "Sunlight reflected off the snow can actually sunburn the cornea in the winter." In addition to sunglasses, you may also want to get FSA-eligible sunscreen to protect your skin from harsher elements of winter.

Keep your eyes moist. Winter can produce dry eyes, but you can easily keep your eyes moist with special lubricated eye drops. According to Sumers as mentioned on EveryDayHealth.com, "Cold, dry air can irritate eyes, and indoor heaters also eliminate moisture from the air, which can lead to burning and blurry vision." And she adds, "People mistake this for an allergy or infection, but it's just natural tears drying out."

Make sure to drink enough water. Hydration is of course important year-round, but the dryer and colder conditions of winter can also affect your body.

Avoid contacting your eyes with your hands. Germs can easily spread and causing further irritation, and touching your eyes could also cause additional strain.

Take proper care of your contact lenses. Don't leave your contact lenses in too long. Make sure to clean them with the appropriate contact lens solution, and replace them when necessary.

Visit an ophthalmologist for yearly eye exams.As the end of year approaches, it's not too late to schedule an eye exam and get new prescription glasses or contact lenses, if necessary. You can use your FSA for eye care treatments and products.

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