Fall is right around the corner, which means crisp air and changing leaves. However, with the new season comes cold weather, changes in allergies, and new eye safety concerns. Here’s how to protect you vision and eye health this fall.
Protect Your Eyes This Fall
Wear Protective Glasses
During fall, leaves turn shades of yellow, red, and orange. Although it’s a beautiful time of year, raking and blowing leaves is a downside for many homeowners. Before performing any yard work, put on protective glasses or goggles to avoid eye damage or infection. Disinfect your contact lenses right after.
Keep Your Eye Moist
As the fall months start to roll around, the air becomes cold and dry. This may result in dry, burning, and stinging eyes. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent this. First, keep your eyes moist with lubricating eye drops. Stay clear of wind, warm rooms, and anything else that may dry out your eyes. A great way to put moisture back into the air is using a humidifier in your home during those extra dry months.
Avoid Non-Prescription Halloween Contacts
Halloween is a popular time for people to wear colored contacts as part of their costume. Although they may look spooky and eye-popping, they also pose a danger to your eye health. You may experience redness, swelling, pain, and discomfort. To safely wear Halloween contact lenses, obtain a valid prescription from a licensed eye care professional.
Eat Fall Foods for Better Eyesight
Fall offers a variety of nutrient-rich foods that are beneficial for your eye health. Enjoy the season’s fresh fruits and vegetables, including squash, apples, pomegranates, pears, pumpkins, and cauliflower. These foods are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.
Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Regular eye exams are essential to protect your eye sight and health. This is particularly true for children, teens, and seniors. We recommend an exam once every two years. If you currently have an eye disease or are approaching stages in life that put you at risk for age-related eye disease, it’s best to visit your eye doctor more frequently.
Improving Lives with Better Eyesight
At Davis Vision Center, our goal is to improve lives with better eyesight, and we'd love to show you how we can improve yours as well. Our convenient location is great for patients living in the Salt Lake Valley as well as the Northern and Southern Utah areas.