The winter can be a harsh time of year for our body and skin to endure. Between the dry air, sub-zero temperatures, and blazing sun rays that bounce off of the snow – it’s important to bundle up and protect yourself. But far too many of us fail to include our eyes during that process before heading out to endure those harsh elements. Eyes are strong and can endure a lot. But frequent exposure to such harsh conditions can weaken them over time and cause damage.

This winter, make you eyes a priority by using these tips to ensure they are well protected and stay healthy throughout the winter.

Use a Humidifier

A humidifier is one of the best ways to combat all of that dryness that occurs during the winter. Plug it in and leave it on for the entire winter. A humidifier will add moisture back into the air and help alleviate your dry, irritated eyes, and even your skin.

Use Lubricating Eye Drops

If you are really feeling the effects of the dry air, then a humidifier might not be enough to provide relief. Saline or tear gel eye drops can help to increase your natural tears and slow down evaporation. You can find eye drops over the counter at your local drug store. Speak with your optometrist to discuss if prescription eye drops are right for you.

Blink Your Eyes More Often

This might make you look a little strange or flirtatious, but increasing your frequency of blinking can also provide your eyes with more lubrication and relief. So try to blink more when you feel that drying sensation.

Wear Sunglasses

One of the most important ways to protect your eyes is by wearing sunglasses. It can be easy to forget to wear them when you’re heading out into the frigid cold weather. But it’s one of the most important ways to really maintain the health of your vision. Always carry a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun glare and that cold, dry air.

Maintaining healthy eyes and good vision is always important, and requires care and protection during harsh weather elements. The wintertime can especially place your eyes under a great deal of strain and pressure. Ensure that your eyes are healthy and well cared for by protecting them with sunglasses, and supplementing that lack of moisture during those intense, cold, dry winter months.