Best Ways To
Take Care of Your
Eyes This Winter

When the cold weather hits we reach for our scarves,
gloves and winter coats to keep warm. But keeping our
eyes moist in the cold is just as important.
Cold temperatures, dry outdoor air and dry indoor
heat all cause the eye to dehydrate, leading to pain
and swelling, blurred vision, a scratchy or burning
sensation, and teary eyes.
Dryness and irritation can be particularly
debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or
suffer from chronic dry eyes – a condition in which
the eyes produce a low quality tear film. Taking proper
care of your eyes during the winter prevents corneal
infections that may permanently affect your vision.
Take care of your eyes this winter with
these helpful tips:
• Wear sunglasses. When outdoors in the cold, wear
sunglasses with ultraviolent (UV) protection to guard
your eyes from the drying effects of the wind and the
harmful rays of the sun.

• Stay hydrated. Drink many fluids to help your
body fend off dry eyes. Water is essential to keeping
our organs functioning properly and rehydrating the
• Use a warm washcloth. A warm, damp compress
assists with tear secretion for dry eyes. Applying
a warm washcloth on each eye for two to three
minutes per eye can help create moisture and
soothes scratchy, irritated and swollen eyes.
• Use a humidifier. Humidifiers combat dry indoor
air that floods our homes when we turn up the
thermostat. They also do wonders for dry, itchy eyes.
• Keep distance from heat sources. Sitting further
away from heaters or radiators can help you avoid
dry eyes.
If you suffer from dry, irritated, swollen or itchy eyes
in non-winter months, visit your ophthalmologist
for an eye exam and professional consultation.

Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 35 years of practice
experience who specializes in comprehensive eye care. Coastal Jersey Eye Center
features an optical center, Classic Eyewear, which provides eyeglass frames and lenses
to suit every style and budget. For more information on eye exams or to schedule an
appointment, please call the Linwood office at 609.927.3373 or 609.465.7926 for the
Cape May Court House office. Visit online at




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