Person jump skiing against a blue sky and a snowy backdrop.

If you live in Colorado, chances are you spend some time skiing in our mountains. If you do plan to hit the slopes this season, make sure to stay safe. Here are some tips for maintaining eye safety while you’re having winter fun here in the Centennial State.

Wear Eye Protection

Ski goggles aren’t just a fashion accessory. Their main purpose is to protect your eyes when you’re hurtling down our Rocky Mountain slopes and riding open-air chairlifts. Ski goggles protect your eyes against the following:

  • Being hit by snow, ice, and debris that your skis kick up as you move forward at high speeds
  • Being dried out and irritated by the wind
  • Glare and reflections, not only of sunlight but of the whole spectrum of sun rays (including UV) bouncing off the snow
  • Intense sunlight found at our high elevations
  • Damage from exposure to cold temperatures
  • Developing symptoms of dry eye or eye allergies

Be sure to get goggles that are specifically designed for skiing or snowboarding and that are suited for the light conditions you plan to ski in.

Keep Your Eyes (And Yourself) Hydrated

Water is so important for your overall health and for eye health in particular. When you’re sufficiently hydrated, your eyes feel better and function optimally for you. You’ll notice improved vision, less eye strain, and fewer eye-related headaches. When you go skiing or snowboarding, make sure to drink enough water to avoid symptoms of dry eye or other forms of eye irritations.

Get Enough Sleep

We at Spectrum Eye Care can’t emphasize enough the importance of sleep for healthy eyes! When you’re on vacation, especially a skiing trip where the adrenaline is rushing, you may find it challenging to get enough sleep, but please do your best to sleep seven or eight hours each night for the health of your eyes. Getting enough sleep will also keep you more alert when you’re awake, which means you’ll ski better and avoid potential skiing mishaps.

Keep Away From Wind And Sun

We don’t mean entirely (after all, it’s impossible to spend time outdoors during the day and completely avoid the sun’s rays or our state’s winds), but we do recommend minimizing your eyes’ exposure to these elements. Excessive sun will expose your eyes to too many ultraviolet rays, which can degrade them. Your cornea, your eyelids, or the surface of your eyes can be damaged from UV rays.

When you’re skiing, your eyes are further exposed to UV light because of sunlight reflecting off the snow. Be mindful of this, and when possible, try to ski in shaded areas away from direct sunlight.

Cold wind can dry out your eyes, which can lead to symptoms associated with eye allergies and dry eye. Treatments are available, and we’ll be happy to help should you need it after your ski trip, but prevention is a better idea! Goggles will protect your eyes to a degree, but as with the sun, be mindful of how much exposure your eyes are getting to the wind and the cold temperatures, and limit the length of time your eyes spend in direct wind in order to avoid eye irritations.

Symptoms of dry eye or of having your eyes overexposed to UV rays or wind can include the following:

  • Scratchy, burning sensation around your eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Feeling as though something is in your eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Itchy eyes
  • Overproduction of tears
  • Swollen eyelids

To protect your eyes from developing these or other symptoms, minimize your exposure to sun, wind, and other environmental conditions when you’re skiing, whether you’re doing downhill or cross-country skiing or snowboarding.

For Additional Information

If you’re experiencing any of the above-mentioned issues with your eyes after a snowy wonderland trip to our mountains, schedule an appointment with Spectrum Eye Care for help. Based in Colorado Springs, we serve residents of Gleneagle, Monument, Flying Horse, and all the other surrounding communities.

Don’t suffer from dry, itchy, or irritated eyes. Spectrum Eye Care can help your eyes feel better quickly through dry eye treatment and eye allergy relief. We also offer other services, including computer vision syndrome treatment. Whether your eyes suffer from exposure to the elements on your ski trip or daily exposure to your computer screen at work, we can bring you the eye relief you’re looking for.

Contact us today!