Winter in Minnesota | MN Winter Weather and Eye Wear Challenges
Finally we have a winter with snow! Isn’t that why we choose to make our home in Minnesota? Many people cannot understand why anyone in their right mind would chose to endure subzero temperatures, icy sidewalks and roads, and the oppressive darkness of the winter months over the milder conditions of southern living. Those people have never experienced the beauty of waking up to a world covered in ice crystals reflecting the light of the rising sun or a soft, white blanket of snow that cushions the harsh sounds of the city and covers the browns and grays of the dormant flora.
They have also never experienced the thrill of traveling downhill on a highly polished pair of skis or a snowboard at speeds that would get you a hefty fine if you were traveling down the interstate. Nor have they driven their snowmobile or truck across a frozen lake to a tiny shed, drilled a hole through 18 inches of ice, dropped in a line and pulled out the catch of the day. Or bundled up the kids until they could barely move and help them build a massive snowman, or better yet, a snow fort where you stock pile snowballs for target practice.
While there are many good reasons we choose to stay in Minnesota in the winter, there are also some challenges that we face. One of those challenges is how to best care for our eyes and experience good vision when extreme temperatures cause humidity to drop, eyes to feel dry and glasses to fog up.
Dry Itchy Eyes in Winter
It is very common for eyes to feel scratchy and dry, or to tear excessively when consistently exposed to the drying heat we use to defrost ourselves after enjoying our time in the snow. Using a good quality, preservative-free artificial tear can provide immediate relief from the discomforts of dry eyes (see our post on Dry Eye Disease (DED)).
“These can be used as often as needed throughout the day” says optometrist Dr. Elaine Happ. “But if this doesn’t seem to eliminate your discomforts, then, as an accredited dry eye center, we can assist you in finding a therapy that will work for you.”
Anti Fog for Glasses
Keeping eye glasses from fogging up and impeding vision is another problem that the eye doctors at Uptown Eye Care can help you with. “We now have a new lens available made with a patented technology that prevents fog from forming on the lenses.” states Dr Happ. “ You just treat the lens with the antifog activator once a week. This new technology has been much more efficient and longer lasting than the old antifog liquids on the market.”
Daily Contact Lenses
Another fantastic option for keeping clear vision in the winter are daily contact lenses. Daily contact lenses are designed to be worn for one day, then disposed of at the end of the day. A fresh pair is put in each day resulting in the highest level of comfort possible.
“I have several patients that normally wear glasses, but will always get a supply of daily disposable contacts for use on snowmobile trips. It is much more comfortable when wearing helmets or other eye protection and has the added benefit of not fogging up” says Dr Happ. “And, with daily disposable contacts you don’t need to use contact lens solutions for overnight storage. You just throw them away and put in a new pair in the morning.”
Contact Uptown Eye Care
If you are experiencing challenges to maintaining clear and comfortable vision this winter, call or email us at Uptown Eye Care. We are ready to help you make the most of this beautiful Minnesota winter.
Uptown Eye Care
560 Cedar Street
Monticello, MN 55362