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Do not ignore vision problems in winter / tear substitutes for dry eyes / no glasses on the slopes
Winter is slowly but surely coming to Germany. Fog, snow and black ice not only make driving more difficult due to the ground conditions, many people with vision problems think they see much worse in the dark season than in summer. In addition, the warm heating air dries out not only the mucous membranes in the nose but also those of the eyes. However, Dr. knows the best winter tips Robert Löblich, ophthalmologist from the Artemis Eye Clinic Frankfurt. He also advises skiers not to wear glasses on the slopes.
Visual check for "night blindness" When it is pitch dark, the rain is pounding on the windshield and oncoming headlights are reflected on wet roads, many people see poorly. This is particularly noticeable in winter, as many spend more time in the dark. However, as is often assumed, this is not a form of night blindness, but the poor vision indicates ametropia that has not been corrected sufficiently. Undetected ametropia is particularly evident in poor lighting, for example when reading by candlelight. Even a cataract worsens vision in the dark. Affected people often complain about increased sensitivity to light and glare. In both cases, those affected should consult an ophthalmologist, because a clear view and the resulting rapid response are essential, especially on slippery and slippery roads.
Creating a good climate for dry eyes Sensitive eyes also react to dry heating air in winter. They feel dry or burn due to the removal of moisture. If you moisten the surroundings with a glass of water on the heater, you create a healthy indoor climate and relieve symptoms. In addition, regular ventilation helps, preferably twice a day. Artificial tear substitutes with moisturizers such as hyaluronic acid often provide quick relief.
When the mountain calls, take off your glasses For passionate winter sports enthusiasts, the most important rule of the eye in winter is: Don't put on normal glasses. As with sports that are prone to accidents in the warm season, the risk of injury without glasses is much lower: Brackets or broken glasses do not cause injuries. If you don't want to do without your glasses, you should have special sports glasses made. For practical reasons, this is not an option for many. Those who only mind glasses when skiing are best advised to use contact lenses. If, on the other hand, you bother with your nose bike all year round, laser eye surgery is a good alternative. Permanent surgical correction enables you to live without glasses and is one of the safest medical procedures. (pm)