As the seasons change, we make a conscious effort to ensure our bodies are well looked after. In the winter we protect ourselves from colds and flu, in the summer its sunburn and in the spring it’s hay fever. But how much time do you spend thinking about your eye care as the seasons change? Just like our bodies, our eyes have changing needs, so here is a bit of info, and a few tips, for how to look after our eyes no matter what season it is...
The harsh winter weather, along with central heating at home, can cause our skin and eyes to become dry. And let’s not forget the winter sun - UV rays can still affect your eyes, especially in the snow. So, here are our top tips on ensuring your eyes are protected in the colder months:
- Drink plenty of fluids and use a humidifier to increase moisture in the air
- Use eye drops if you need to (use contact-friendly ones if you wear lenses)
- Wear sunglasses when out in the sun… yes, even in winter!
- Take extra precautions when changing your contact lenses – especially during the dreaded cold or flu season. Always wash your hands to prevent germs spreading and if your eyes become affected by the virus it could be a good idea to give your eyes a break from contacts and reach for the specs.
With the start of spring, comes dreaded hay fever – although, we are a big fan of daffodils and blossoms appearing on the trees, so it’s not all bad!
We could go on for hours about eye health in spring with hay fever, but the main message is: -
- Cover up with sunglasses, especially wrap around styles
- Try to avoid going out when the pollen level is high, check the pollen levels on the weather reports or internet and avoid the peak times of day (mid-morning and early evening)
- Avoid the pollen itself by not being in direct contact with it.
- Use hay fever eye drops and eye sprays or take antihistamines if needed
- Try daily disposable contact lenses – Speak to your optician for further details, but a fresh pair of contacts each day will prevent pollen build up
- And of course – give your eyes a break and wear your glasses
Summertime – the season that most of us wait patiently for all year! Festivals, holidays and the glorious sunshine (we hope) - there’s so many reasons to be outside. But just like the other seasons there are certain things to consider with regards to our eye health needs that come with the arrival of the season of sun.
Glasses Online Top Tip:
Contact Lenses and swimming don’t mix! So, be sure to wear your prescription goggles when taking a dip in either the pool or ocean. And on the subject of catching rays, be careful with the sunscreen. Avoid getting it in your eyes, especially when wearing contacts, but make sure to cover up to avoid sunburn. Don’t forget your eyelids!
When autumn arrives, we love nothing more than wrapping up and getting outside to enjoy the ever-changing colours of nature or curling up on the sofa, with a good book and a blanket.
You’re going to need your eyes to be in good health to enjoy everything this season has to offer, so here is what you should consider:
- Dry eyes strike again! The changes in the weather can again cause this issue with your eyes.
- As the nights start to draw in, weed pollen and mould spores can affect some of us causing hay fever symptoms.
- If you’re thinking of giving contact lenses a try, autumn is a great time of year, especially for outdoor fanatics. No matter what activity you are doing, or whatever the weather, you won’t be restricted by glasses. No more fogging up or being bothered by the rain. Plus, you can wear your favourite sunglasses as well to protect you from UV rays.
So, no matter what the season, make sure to look after your eyes. From hay fever to dry eyes to UV rays too, we here at Superdrug can look after all these by heading to Superdrug Glasses Online for your specs and sunnies, as well as your disposable contact lenses and Superdrug Health for those hay fever remedies and eye drops!