Every season presents different challenges for taking care of our eyes. Fall is no exception.
Here are 4 of the most common fall eye problems and what you can do to make sure that you don’t suffer unnecessarily.
When the cooler months arrive, the days also become shorter and you will start to notice it getting darker progressively earlier. You’ve probably got used to it being light when you go about most of your usual daily activities, but during the fall and winter, you may find that you now need to drive in much darker conditions. Most people find driving at dusk/night more challenging than driving during the day as it becomes harder to anticipate hazards. The situation isn’t helped by harsh headlights and streetlights that can cause glare, and if you have to drive during darker hours for prolonged periods, you may start to experience eye fatigue and eye strain.
If you normally wear glasses, make sure that they are as clean and smudge-free as possible as this will help to minimize strain and keep your vision as clear and concise as possible. If your glasses don’t have them already, consider getting anti-glare coating applied to your lenses as this will lessen the effect of bright lights.
Summer isn’t the only time when our eyes can be affected by UV radiation so don’t put your sunglasses away just yet! UV light is actually present all year round and during the fall and winter, the sun sits lower in the sky, changing the angle from which your eyes could be affected. Since UV damage is accumulative, it’s just as important to continue to wear adequate protection during the cooler months of the year. Keep your sunglasses handy and wear a wide-brimmed hat on very bright days.
Suffering from allergies can be a miserable experience. Sadly, allergies aren’t just limited to the spring and summer either. In fact, some types of allergens are actually more common during the cooler months of the year, including dust mites and animal dander. The effect of these on your eyes can include itchiness, redness, soreness, and excess watering, and all of these can affect your quality of life.
You can help to reduce your symptoms by making sure that your home has adequate ventilation so that allergens aren’t trapped indoors, concentrating their effects. Regularly dusting and vacuuming can help to reduce both dust and dander and be sure to wash your bedding regularly. You can also obtain over the counter allergy relief medications which may help you to manage your symptoms and prevent your eyes from being adversely affected.
Allergies can also contribute to the development of dry eyes. Dry eyes occur when there isn’t enough natural tear film, the quality of the tear film is compromised, or it drains from the eyes too quickly. In the fall and winter, cooler, drier weather can also contribute towards dry eyes, along with living and working in heated environments. Fortunately, there is a wide range of treatments that can potentially help to reduce your symptoms. These range from using a humidifier in your home/office to add moisture to the air, to over the counter or prescription eye drops, warm compresses and inserts that are placed into the eye to stimulate the production of the tear film. Your eye doctor will be able to give you more specific advice on treating dry eyes.
If you would like reassurance on how to keep your eyes in the best possible condition this fall, contact our expert eyecare team today.