By Annie – October 26, 2020
Fall can be a breath of fresh air after a long, hot summer. However, if you want to experience the season and see beautiful colors of fall foliage with crystal-clear vision, you’ll need to make sure you provide the care your eyes need to keep them healthy.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect your eyes from harm throughout the fall. To keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear, here are a few fall eye care tips you should keep in mind throughout the season.
Wash Your Hands for Healthy Eyes
Fall is the start of flu season, which means it’s more important than ever to wash your hands to keep you and your eyes healthy. So, throughout the season, make sure your hands are clean and avoid touching your eyes.
Washing your hands not only avoids spreading illnesses during the season, but it can also reduce your risk of contracting eye-related issues like conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Practice Precautions for Fall Activities
Whether you’re trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, or raking leaves, you’ll want to practice a few precautions with any seasonal activity to prevent eye injuries.
If you’re raking the leaves, make sure you wear protective eye gear to keep dirt and particles from getting in your eyes. If you’re painting your face or dressing up for Halloween, use makeup that’s safe to use around the eyes and avoid costume lenses to prevent infection.
Keep Your Sunglasses On
No matter the season, you want to keep your eyes protected from the sun’s harmful rays to preserve your vision. With that said, it’s best to keep your sunglasses handy during the fall.
Sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection won’t just shield your eyes from UV rays, but they’ll also help you see clearly during the bright, sunny autumn afternoons.
Prevent Seasonal Dry Eyes
Dry eyes become more common as the temperatures get cooler. However, artificial tears can help make sure your eyes stay moisturized and comfortable throughout the season. You can also keep your sunglasses on when you’re outside to shield your eyes from the cold winds.
Fall allergies can also contribute to dry eyes. If you suffer from allergies, try putting your windows up while you drive, and minimize airborne allergens in your home with an air purifier to prevent your eyes from getting dry and irritated.
Schedule Your Annual Eye Exam
The most important thing you can do this fall to keep your eyes and vision healthy is to schedule your annual eye exam. During these appointments, your eye doctor will check your vision and your eyes for any issues. If your eyesight has changed or if they spot any early signs of cataracts or glaucoma, they can update your prescription and administer treatment as needed to save your vision.
Kids should also have their annual appointment scheduled during the fall just before the start of the new school year. If their prescription needs to be updated, you can have it filled so they can get used to their new glasses or contacts, and see clearly by the time they start the new semester.
Treat Yourself to LASIK This Fall
These eye care tips can help you keep your vision healthy throughout the entire fall season. However, if you’re tired of wearing contact lenses and glasses, and want to improve eyesight all year long, you can treat yourself to LASIK eye surgery this fall.
With this quick and easy procedure, you can experience the beauty of fall and every other season throughout the year without the need for contact lenses or glasses.
To learn more about LASIK and the other vision correction options we offer, schedule a consultation at one of our offices today.