Maintaining Your Health
A Christian Brothers Services Publication

This Issue

Enjoy the Benefits
of Chicken

Turn to healthy
chicken dinners this
winter to fill you up.

Have a Change
of Heart About Shoveling Snow

Heart disease and strokes increase more than 50 percent in the winter months.

Don't Get Bit
With Frostbite!

Prevent frostbite this season with these simple steps.

I Spy Healthy Eyes

Your eyes are at greater risk of UV rays during the winter.


I Spy Healthy Eyes

Your eyes are at greater risk of suffering damage either temporarily or permanently due to UV rays during the winter. This is because Ultraviolet (UV) rays are not only emitted by the sun, but also reflected by the earth surface. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has suggested a few eye care tips to keep your eyes safe in the winter.

  • During winter, the indoor heaters used tend to dry the air's moisture which can cause irritation and dryness in your eyes. It is advised to use a humidifier in your house. This would be helpful in tolerating the forced air heating and keeping your dry eyes moist.
  • Use sunglasses which are capable of blocking 99-100 percent of UV rays, particularly when the land is snow covered. Remember that sunlight reflected by the snow can lead to sunburned eyes. Overexposed eyes to the sun's UV rays during winter can lead to temporary damage like photokeratitis. So it is advisable for you to use high quality of UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • If you are a contact lense wearer, it is advisable for you to use artificial tears often and limit your outdoor exposure. If you wear soft contact lenses, limit your alcohol intake. Remember, soft lenses require a lot of moisture and if they dry they can stick and change the shape of your eyes.
  • This advice is especially for snow lovers as they spend extensive time in snow. They are at a higher risk to develop temporary eye problems hence, they should wear a pair of properly fitted ski goggles with polycarbonate lenses.
  • To protect the tear film from evaporation, it is advised to wear a hooded jacket and a brimmed hat as they will prevent your eyes from cold wind.
  • Apply a good quality eye cream around the eyes as it will be helpful in protecting the delicate eye area from the harsh winter.

And remember, Christian Brothers Health Benefit Services offers the VSP Vision Savings Plan, a discount vision program that offers immediate savings on eye care and eye wear. For more information, visit