Prevent Eye Infections and Injuries During the Holiday Season

Holiday Eye Tips

Proper eye care is important year-round, but it can be especially annoying to have an infection or injury during the holidays. It’s easy to keep your eyes safe if you plan ahead and take care of yourself.


Preventing Infections

No one likes to share germs, especially when they can cause a painful eye infection. More than likely, you’ll spend a lot of time indoors with your family this season—so you want to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible. You can do this by:

  1. Practicing good facial hygiene. Wash your face and eyes at least once per day. People who wear contact lenses need to remove and disinfect or throw away their lenses each day to prevent the buildup of harmful proteins and bacteria.
  1. Wash your hands. This is key to preventing infections. Luckily, it’s also the easiest step you can take. Scrub up each time you use the bathroom or handle food items. It’s also advisable to carry hand sanitizer so you can clean up quickly after shaking hands, turning doorknobs, flipping light switches, and contacting any other surfaces that are prone to contamination.
  1. Rest well. The holiday season is busy and can leave you feeling exhausted. Get plenty of sleep at night to keep your immune system in optimum shape. This helps prevent infections.
  1. Eat healthy. Remember to consume healthy snacks and meals between the holidays to ensure your body is properly nourished.


Preventing Injuries

There’s always a chance that you or a loved one could suffer eye damage, and these risks seem to escalate around Christmas and New Years. To keep your eyes safe, remember to:

  1. Wear protective gear when cutting and handling a natural Christmas tree. Shards of wood can result in serious eye damage. Even tree sap or dust can cause infections if they enter the eye.
  1.  Opt for safe ornaments. Glass is beautiful, but it’s also dangerous. Pick shatterproof items when you can, especially if you have children.
  1. Always open champagne safely. Popping the cork is fun, but keep it pointed away from faces at all times.
  1. Be careful with fireworks/sparklers. Use them away from other people, and wear protective eye gear.


Taking a few precautions can help keep you and your family (and your eyes) safe this holiday season. And that’s the best gift of all!