Winter Eye Health

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — If you don’t have a good pair of sunglasses, it might be time to treat yourself.

January is Winter Eye Health Awareness Month for Coloradans, and protecting yourself usually starts with glasses– but there is more you can do to keep your viewfinders safe.

Colorado’s average elevation is the highest of all 50 states which means we have the closest relationship to the sun — in the U.S.

Believe it or not– those UV rays are most extreme in the winter.

Optometrists see a rise in cases of snow blindness and dry eyes throughout the winter months. Symptoms of snow blindness include eye pain, headache, blurred vision, or even loss of vision.

To combat those issues, you can wear a wide-brimmed hat,
and you guessed it, UV blocking glasses and goggles.

It doesnt matter if its sunny outside, a little overcast, that UV light is coming down, and reflecting off the snow, causing damage. It’s like a sunburn for the eye. You want to put on some sunglasses that have 100% UV blockage. Most of them are labeled whether they have UV or not.

Tyler Page, Optomotrist

To combat dry eyes, make sure you are staying hydrated, using a humidifier in your home, using dry-eye drops, and staying away from smoky areas.

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