Eye safety and winter sports

With the March Break approaching it’s a good time to review some basic winter sport rules. Your winter sport may just be a long walk with the dog, or you may be hitting the slopes, but the same broad rules apply.

Dry eyes

It’s a simple thing, but just like our skin, our eyes can be affected by the reduced air moisture at this time of the year. If you notice your eyes are prone to feeling irritated, pay attention to your environment. Make sure you don’t have air blowing right on your face in the car, consider a humidifier at home, and you may benefit from eye drops. Ask us for a recommendation if you’re not sure what to use.

Block UV rays

Overexposure to UV rays throughout the year has been linked to many eye problems, including cataracts, degeneration of the retina, and damage to the cornea. Remember to grab your sunglasses before you head out and protect your eyes from unnecessary damage.

Goggles with UV protection

If you’re hitting the slopes and engaging in winter sports, you’ll need more eye protection than sunglasses can offer. But make sure your goggles also offer UVA and UVB protection, and you can double up on the support that you give your eyes.

The winter can be harsh on our eyes, but these simple steps can help keep yours in good condition.