Clear Vision for a Merry Christmas: Tips for Eye Health During the Holidays

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

The holiday season is filled with fun traditions, time off work, and making memories with family and friends. When you are in the middle of the hustle and bustle, it’s essential to prioritize self-care. Too often, healthy habits fall to the backburner during this time of year. But you don’t need to wait until January to take care of your health and vision.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain healthy eyes during the holiday season, and throughout the year:

Be Mindful of Screen Time

It’s fun to snuggle up with the family and watch Christmas movies. But you might notice that your screen time is higher than normal during this time of year. Whether you are looking at the TV or scrolling on your phone, make sure to take regular breaks to avoid eye strain.

Holiday Hazards

When you are lighting the candles or putting up strands of lights on the Christmas tree, there is a higher risk of damage to your eyes. For example, your eyes are being exposed to tree branches and pine needles, and the smoke from the candles can also be irritating. If needed, wear protective eyewear during these activities to avoid eye accidents.

Changing Weather Conditions

As the weather is cooling down outside, it’s likely that your HVAC system is running more frequently during this time of year. As a result, you might notice that your eyes are getting dry and uncomfortable. These systems can impact indoor humidity, which can cause minor symptoms such as dry eyes. Luckily, you can use lubricating eye drops to maintain moisture levels and protect your eyes at the same time.

Eyecare Gifts

Do you want to encourage your family members to maintain healthy eyes throughout the year? Consider eyecare gifts that you can place under the Christmas tree. For example, a pair of designer sunglasses can make a great gift for people of all ages. Also, avoid toys that could cause eye injuries, such as paintball guns or airsoft guns, because the projectiles can be dangerous for children’s eyes.

Eyecare Support is Available Throughout the Year

Whether you want to use your vision insurance benefits before they expire at the end of the year, or you need assistance with an eyecare emergency, our team is here to help. Contact Temecula Creek Optometry for more information about available services: (951) 302 -1331.

 

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