2019 has arrived, along with colder weather, seasonal illness and dry, irritated eyes from contact lenses. Although, winter can be harsh with many people resign themselves to suffering with Dry Eye symptoms, it doesn’t have to be that way!

Our experts for contact lenses in London have put together a few helpful tips and tricks to help you through this testing time of the year! Read on for our first tip…

1. Watch Out for Central Heating

turning down central heating to help contact lenses stay moist

It’s tempting to crank up the heat and stay cosy indoors when the winter chill arrives. Whilst this does keep you warm, it can also turn into a contact lens nightmare. Warm air continually circulating around the room makes is a prime condition for inducing dry eyes and headaches from contact lenses.

Try and keep your distance from heat sources in the room and avoid sitting directly in front of any warm air streams. Also consider getting a humidifier to increase moisture levels in the air and alleviate dry eye symptoms caused by contact lens wear.

2. Decrease Time Spent on Digital Devices

eye strain from digital devices wearing contact lenses

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – prolonged screen time is now an epidemic. With Brits spending approximately 9 hours a day on average in front of a PC, smartphone, tablet or television,  it’s become very apparent that this a massive contributing cause towards contact lens discomfort.

When looking at digital screens, we tend to stare for longer without blinking as often as we’re supposed to. This means your eyes spread less moisture over the surface of the eye, which inevitably leads to dry, irritated eyes from contact lenses, along with eye strain, fatigue and blurry vision.

Make it your resolution this year to cut down the number of hours you spend looking at your devices as a contact lens wearer and in the meantime, remember to blink and keep up with the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a break during the day.

3. Always Use Eye Drops

eye drops for contact lenses

Eye drops for dry eyes are conveniently small enough to keep whilst you’re on the go and easy to use, too. They’ll keep your eyes and contact lenses lubricated in harsh weather conditions, so you can carry on going about your day as normal. Make sure you use drops that are suitable for contact lenses and always seek the advice of your contact lens practitioner before doing so.

4. Look After Your Contact Lenses

contact lens care for winter

Proper contact lens care involves using your contact lens case and solution to store lenses correctly and hygienically. If you wear 2-weekly, monthly or extended wear lenses, remember to clean them properly with solution and always ensure the case itself is clean before placing your lenses in it. If you maintain a good contact lens care routine, you’ll find yourself experiencing a lot less irritation and dryness; making these cold, winter days a lot easier to get through.

5. Keep a Spare Pair of Glasses

wearing glasses to give eyes a break from contact lenses

As a contact lens wearer, the primary rule is to always have a spare pair of glasses for those rainy days. It’s always good to give your eyes a break from wearing lenses every now and then, so if you know you’re not planning on going anywhere in the evenings or weekend, don a pair of specs. Your eyes will thank you for the increased oxygen levels when you put your contacts back in again!

We’re here to help you beat your contact lens blues in 2019, so if you’re still struggling and feel close to giving up on lenses, why not book an appointment and see if the issue can be resolved? As your contact lens specialist in London, it’s our aim to help you find the best brand, lens material and wearing frequency to match your lifestyle needs. Feel free to contact our friendly team for any other contact lens advice online, or by calling 0207 224 7400.