As the temperatures drop and the air becomes drier, it's important to pay extra attention to your eye health - especially if you wear colored contact lenses. Dry air and harsh winds can cause discomfort and dryness for contact lens wearers, leading to irritation, redness, and even infection if not properly cared for.
In this article, we'll provide all our best tips and tricks to help you keep your eyes—and contact lenses—in top condition all winter long. From winter-friendly lenses and eye drops to proper lens cleaning and storage, we've got you covered.
Read on to find out how you can keep your eyes healthy and comfortable throughout the winter season:
1. Eye drops are your best friend
Because dry air can cause the eyes to produce less tears, those with sensitive eyes have a higher risk of developing dryness, irritation, and redness during the colder months. If this sounds like you, don’t worry - not all hope is lost!
All you need to keep dry eyes at bay is a handy bottle of contact lens rewetting drops. These specially formulated eye drops can help to lubricate both your eyes and your lenses, keeping them moist and comfortable throughout the day. Plus, they can also alleviate redness and inflammation too, so you can confidently rock your favorite lenses all season.
But, keep in mind that not all eye drops are created equal, so be sure to double check that the drops you’re using are specifically formulated for contact lenses.
2. Clean And Store Your Lenses Properly
If you wear your contact lenses every day, it’s imperative that you clean and disinfect your colored contact lenses on a daily basis to keep them in tip-top shape. But even if you only wear them, say, a couple of times per week, you’ll still want to be cautious of where and how you store them.
Exposure to dry air can cause the contact lenses to lose moisture, which can harden and even permanently damage your lenses. That being said, be sure to keep your contact lens case tightly closed to prevent any air from entering. On top of that, you’ll also need to avoid storing them in damp places too, which can be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
3. Opt For Monthlies Or Dailies
For some people, all it takes to keep their eyes feeling as fresh as possible is to simply go for colored contact lenses with a shorter wear schedule. Why? Well, because you’ll be replacing your contacts more often, this would mean that your lenses are less prone to accumulating bacteria and protein buildup, which can cause all sorts of discomfort as well as cloudy vision. This is especially important in the winter since the dry air can make your eyes more susceptible to irritation.
4. Silicone Hydrogel Lenses Are Your Best Bet
Silicone hydrogel lenses, especially MPC silicone hydrogel ones, have a ton of benefits for your eyes, and are especially helpful during the winter months.
For one, they’ve got a high water content, which will help your eyes stay hydrated and comfortable in cold and dry conditions. Moreover, these lenses are also highly oxygen permeable, which means that they allow a significant amount of oxygen to enter your eyes, keeping them healthy and irritation-free. Lastly, they’re also more durable than other materials, so they’ll be able to withstand daily wear and tear a lot better than regular lenses.
Feel the difference for yourself with:
5. Stay Indoors As Much As Possible
While we can confirm that your lenses won’t freeze in your eyes during the winter (actually, they don’t freeze until -60 celsius), we still recommend that you avoid going outside in extremely cold or windy weather, since exposure to all these harsh elements won’t be good for anyone’s eyes.
And there you have it! All the best practices to keep your eyes healthy and happy all winter long. If you enjoyed this blog, do check out our other posts for more colored contacts guides, eye care tips, and everything in between.