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Mansfield

1 North Main Street
Mansfield, MA 02048

Phone: (508) 339-7600
Fax:       (508) 339-6393

Hours:

Mon: 11 am - 7 pm
Tue:  9 am - 5 pm
Wed: 11 am - 7 pm
Thu:  9 am - 5 pm
Fri:  9 am - 5 pm
Sat:  8 am - 2 pm
Sun:  Closed
Plymouth

67 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Phone: (508) 747-2020
Fax:       (508) 747-0104

Hours:

Mon: 11 am - 7 pm
Tue:  9 am - 5 pm
Wed: 11 am - 7 pm
Thu:  9 am - 5 pm
Fri:  Closed
Sat:  8 am - 2 pm
Sun:  Closed
Bridgewater

54 Broad St.
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Phone: (508) 697-8001

Hours:

Mon: 9 am - 5 pm
Tue:  Closed
Wed: 11 am - 7 pm
Thu:  9 am - 5 pm
Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
Sat:  8 am - 2 pm
Sun:  Closed
Easton

20 Roche Brothers Way
North Easton, MA 02356

Phone: (508) 238-5200

Hours:

Mon:  10 am - 6 pm
Tue:  Closed
Wed:  10 am - 6 pm
Thu:  10 am - 6 pm
Fri:  9 am - 5 pm
Sat:  9 am - 1  pm
Sun:  Closed

Winter Eye Health: 7 Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy All Winter Long.

by | Dec 20, 2023 | Blog | 0 comments

Winter has arrived in Massachusetts, and we know that with the chilly winds and unpredictable weather, your eyes might need some extra love. At Bay Eye Center, winter eye health is a priority and we’ve got the inside scoop on how to care for your eyes during the winter months in the Bay State. From snowflakes to slush puddles, let’s dive into the 7 tips to keep your eyes and vision in top-notch condition this winter.

1️⃣ Snowy Reflections and UV Protection. 😎

Massachusetts winters not only bring snowfall, but also beautiful sunny days. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, snow can reflect up to 80% of UV rays, doubling your exposure to sunlight. This makes UV protection a must, even in winter. Grab those stylish sunglasses with 100% UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful rays and reduce the risk of developing eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

2️⃣ Dry Eyes and the Winter Chill. ❄️

The winter breeze in Massachusetts can be brisk, leading to dry eyes and eye irritation and discomfort. Experts suggest using artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable when dry eye symptoms develop. Consider keeping a travel-sized bottle in your bag for on-the-go dry eye relief, especially when facing the biting cold winds, the Bay State is known for.

3️⃣ Indoor Heating, Humidity, and Your Eyes. 🔥

As we retreat indoors to escape the cold, the dry air from indoor heating can affect your eyes. Harvard Health Publishing recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air, preventing dry eyes and irritation. This is particularly important in Massachusetts, where winter temperatures can plummet, and heating systems are working overtime. In addition, ensuring your body has adequate hydration is not only important for your overall health, but the health of your eyes and vision as well.

4️⃣ Digital Eye Strain During the Winter Months. 📺

Given Massachusetts’ reputation as a tech hub, digital eye strain is a prevalent issue. It’s estimated that over 80% of adults use digital devices for more than two hours per day. With remote work and virtual meetings on the rise, it’s crucial to combat digital eye strain and fatigue. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes to give your eyes a much-needed break.

5️⃣ Allergies and Winter Eye Health. 🤧

Massachusetts winters bring unique challenges, and one of them is snow mold. This type of mold can trigger ocular allergies, causing eye redness and itching. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends keeping windows closed during high mold seasons, using air purifiers, and regularly cleaning your living spaces to minimize allergens. There are also a variety of over-the-counter allergy eye drops that can help alleviate eye allergy symptoms.

6️⃣ Nutrient-Rich Foods for Eye Health.🥦🍣

Your diet plays a vital role in maintaining good eye health. Load up on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and E, and zinc. New England’s seafood offerings, like fresh cod and salmon, can provide essential nutrients to keep your eyes in peak condition.

7️⃣ Regular Eye Exams in the Bay State. 📆

Don’t forget to schedule your comprehensive eye exams! The Massachusetts Society of Optometrists recommends annual eye exams to detect and address vision changes and eye health issues. Taking a proactive role in your eye health by staying up-to-date with your regular eye exams is crucial for a clear and vibrant winter vision.

There you have it! Your expert team of optometrists at Bay Eye Center is here to ensure your eyes stay happy and healthy throughout the Massachusetts winter. These 7 winter eye health tips will keep your vision sharp and clear. If you have specific concerns or need personalized advice, our Bay Eye Center optometrists are just a call away. Schedule your eye exam today! Wishing you a winter filled with happy eyes and healthy vision!