How to Protect Your Eyes During Fall

How to Protect Your Eyes During Fall

After a long, hot, humid summer, many of us look forward to the softer, cooler days of autumn - and all of those gorgeous colors as the trees put on their annual fall festival. But this time of year can be tough on the eyes, and you may start experiencing some issues related to dryness, allergies, and other factors. How can you enjoy the season and protect your eyes during fall? Read on for some expert tips.

 

Fall and Your Eyes

As the weather cools, many of us notice signs of dryness, as well as cold and/or allergy symptoms. This is the time when bacteria and germs begin to spread, and our bodies get ready to synch up to the shorter days of winter. 

As there is all year long, there is also a risk that foreign bodies can enter the eye and, possibly, cause scratches. Think of all of those flying fall leaves, for example! Lawn debris can easily cause irritation and, in some cases, more significant damage. 

Let’s protect our eyes this fall!

Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV rays. 

The sun doesn’t disappear just because the calendar says it is fall. UV rays can cause damage to our eyes and vision, especially with frequent or long periods of exposure. Be sure to pick up some sunglasses that offer protection.

Use goggles when doing yard work. 

Whether you are raking leaves, stacking firewood, or buttoning up your home for winter, it is important to wear proper safety glasses. Leaf debris, for example, can introduce plant material into your eye. This could potentially result in fungal keratitis, an eye infection. 

Note: If you wear contacts, be sure to use safety glasses and rinse and disinfect your lenses after doing yard work. 

Consider artificial tears.

Keeping your eyes moist helps protect them and to prevent many uncomfortable issues. Ask Asheville Vision Associates about the best solutions for your unique needs.

Symptom-proof your home. 

Take a few easy steps to make your indoor environment as eye-friendly as possible. This can include keeping doors and windows shut to avoid allergens, sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, vacuuming/mopping regularly, and running a humidifier to moisten the air.

Don’t let Halloween scare you. 

We know this big holiday is coming right around the corner: be ready! Many children suffer accidents related to costumes (e.g. that plastic pirate sword catches a corner of their eye), and adults can also suffer when they use non-prescription contact lenses to change the appearance of their eyes. Never use non-prescription lenses, which are often ill-fitting and unsanitary. This can lead to discomfort, pain, and infections. 

Enjoy the harvest. 

Enjoy fall’s bounty with foods that are terrific for eye and vision health. Apples, pears, squash, turnips, cauliflower, and other tasty treats are loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients. Google a few recipes and get creative in the kitchen this autumn! Squash soup, roasted vegetables, baked or grilled fish, and more, are the perfect additions to any fall menu.

Schedule an eye exam. 

If you haven’t had your annual eye exam, now is the time to schedule one. Our team will give you a thorough check-up, identify any issues or potential issues, and help you protect your eyes this season - and year-round. 


And don’t forget, if you have an eye- or vision-related emergency this autumn, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you enjoy all the sights - and colors - of fall.