The cold weather can be particularly harsh on your eyes and presents new and different reasons to protect them. Here are some of the ways winter can affect your vision, or exacerbate an eye condition, and tips for prevention.

Cold and Flu

Sanjay Patel, store director at Specsavers in Maidstone and Larkfield, says: ‘Of course, at this time of year many people suffer from the common cold and flu. These are respiratory infections and can inflame your conjunctiva – the clear membrane covering the whites of your eyes, leaving them feeling irritated.

‘You can help prevent cross infection from bacteria in coughs and sneezes by washing your hands before touching your eyes.’

Sunglasses

Sanjay adds: ‘Even though it is winter, sunglasses are still handy to have to hand.

‘The sun is low in the sky at this time of year and can be uncomfortably bright for drivers. Sunglasses give the added protection against ultraviolet radiation and can help reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.’

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