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How To Wear Contacts More Comfortably In Cold Weather

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Dr. Marc Weinstein

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When the temperatures start to drop, it’s time to break out your puffer coats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, and give your contact-wearing eyes a little more TLC. As winter arrives, the weather changes can affect the comfort of your contact lenses. You can blame low humidity levels, freezing temperatures, high winds and even the snow for that. However, there are easy ways to ease your eyes of winter’s woes.

Keep your eye drops handy

Cold weather brings low humidity levels outside as well as inside where we crank up the heat. This can bring increased itchiness and redness in the eyes in addition to obscured vision for contact wearers as your lenses dry up as a result. To beat this, keep a bottle of rewetting eye drops close by.

Run a humidifier at night

Another way to combat low humidity is to use a humidifier. By increasing the level of moisture inside, your eyes will have less of a chance to dry out. A second benefit to running a humidifier? A glowing complexion. Your parched winter skin will also thank you.

Stay hydrated

Because we may not be as active in the wintertime, we may be drinking less water. A consequence of dehydration is not being able to produce enough tears, which leads to that burning and sticky sensation when you blink. Keep a large water bottle with you at all times to remind you to take a sip.

Take more days off from wearing contacts

If your eyes get particularly irritated in the wintertime, simply choose to wear glasses instead. It’s also better for your eye health to allow them to breathe. Additionally, glasses will help shield your eyes from harsh winds outside that can further dry out your contacts.

Keep sun protection in mind

While it may not be as sunny outside when the temperature drops, the sun’s rays can still have a negative effect on you and your eyes. Snow also amplifies sunlight by allowing it to reflect off its surface so remember to protect yourself from harmful UV rays year round by applying sunscreen, wearing brimmed hats as well as sunglasses with UV400+ or 100% UVA/UVB protection.

One thing you can be sure won’t happen in cold weather? Contacts freezing to your eyes. Your body temperature will prevent that from happening.

Another winter worry you might have is with having contacts delivered in subzero temperatures.  If you do happen to receive frozen contacts, they won’t be damaged if you let them defrost at room temperature. So, if you need to replenish your stash of lenses, visit www.onlinecontacts.com for all your contact needs to get the same quality and savings you expect from 39DollarGlasses.