Low Visibility in the Forecast?

Low Visibility in the Forecast?

Winter Conditions May Affect Your Vision

When the forecast calls for freezing temperatures, snowy days, and high winds, don’t forget to protect your eyes. Here are some wintertime tips to help guard your vision in cold weather.

  • Winter sun: Ultraviolet (UV) rays reflecting off snow can cause temporary snow blindness as well as long-term damage. Always wear sunglasses or goggles with UV protection outdoors on winter days.
  • Dry eyes: Indoor heating can make eyes dry. Try lowering the temperature, get a humidifier, and use lubricating eye drops.
  • Watery eyes: Many people get teary eyes in windy conditions. Wear glasses to shield your eyes, even if you don’t usually wear glasses outdoors.
  • Falls: Difficulty seeing in the dark makes icy surfaces much more dangerous. Be extra cautious, use handrails and add lighting where needed.
  • Driving: In the dark, pupils dilate and become larger to let in more light, which can cause blurry vision. Keeping your windshield clean, inside and out, can help you see more clearly.

Regular vision care can keep your eyes healthy all year round:

  • Adults should see an eye doctor at least every two years and once a year after age 60.
  • Children need their vision checked at six months, three years, and before first grade.
  • People with risk factors or a family history of eye problems may need more frequent exams.

Your Vision Plan, administered by VSP, covers routine eye exams every 12 months with just a $20 copay. Plus, the Plan pays generous allowances for frames, lenses, additional pairs, and sunglasses. See your Plan details on aetf.com: click Health & Welfare, then Vision Benefits.

For the best benefits, choose a VSP provider. Register and log in on vsp.com to search the network or call (800) 877-7195.

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