How To Prepare Your Eyes For The Holiday Season

Everyone is thinking about parties, presents, and spending time with family and friends now that the Christmas season has here. We are concerned about your health too!

We want to make sure you have a great time throughout the holidays and don't have to deal with an eye injury or pain. To help you do this, we've put together a list of Christmas eyecare recommendations for the holidays:

Get plenty of water

Your eyes may feel drier than usual with temperatures in the low thirties, dry, windy weather, and the heat cranked up high at home. Staying hydrated will be considerably more difficult if you're drinking rum-filled eggnog or other alcoholic beverages. Dehydration makes it difficult for your eyes to keep lubricated, so drink plenty of water and see a doctor if your eyes are still dry.

Wear your sunglasses while driving

In the winter, the sun is lower in the sky, resulting in additional glare on the roads. Glare can be exacerbated by snowfall. Wear a pair of designer eyeglasses to protect your eyes from glare and make your drive safer, whether you're traveling across the city, state, or nation.

When it comes to decorating, be cautious

It's all good fun cutting and decorating the tree until someone has their eye pricked by a pine needle or decoration. Wear safety glasses if you're cutting down trees. If you're going to decorate the tree, have someone hold the stool or ladder steady as you climb for the top. If you have little children, avoid hanging up decorations that are easily broken if they are taken down or fall.

Take a break from the computer or television

Christmas Day gives you the opportunity to relax and watch the game or shop online for the upcoming after-Christmas discounts. However, prolonged screen time reduces your blink rate, and since blinking keeps your eyes lubricated, you may get fatigued dry eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and gaze at anything 20 feet away.

Smoking in public places should be avoided

When you're busy at work or managing your daily responsibilities, it's simpler to avoid smoking. However, when the Christmas season approaches and you find yourself at parties, you may be tempted to indulge in some social smoking. Smoking, even for a short period of time, can dry up your eyes, and if you become addicted, it can lead to an increased risk of a variety of eye problems. If someone offers you a cigarette, respectfully decline.

Take these suggestions and you'll be able to enjoy the holidays with clear eyesight.