The National Institutes of Health warn everyone of eye problems once fall sets in. It’s common knowledge that we should protect our eyes during spring and summer. The same level of eye protection should continue during the fall season. As the weather changes, factors such as dust and dry air start to harm your eyes. If you want to prepare well for the cold months, here’s what you should know about the common eye problems you should watch out for in the fall.
The sun behaves differently during the cold months. It moves and then shines at a specific angle, where it hits you just at the top of your brow line. When this happens, your eyes experience strain and irritation. Also, most of the days in the fall are cloudy. This does not mean that you should not protect your eyes anymore. Clouds cannot filter off UV rays. You still need to wear your UV protective glasses to prevent short-term and long-term eye conditions. Fall eye protection can also prevent benign growths such as pterygium and pinguecula. To protect your eyes more, you can still bring out your wide-brimmed hat during sunny fall days.
The cold, dry air outdoors can harm your skin and eyes. Seeking the comfortable, heated air indoors also dries up your eyes. If you do most of your work at home, the dry air in your space can make it difficult for you to work on your computer. You can use over-the-counter eye drops and a humidifier to make it easier for you.
During the cold months, you tend to reduce or even turn off the ventilation in your house or office. This eliminates the fresh air that circulates in your space. It allows dander and dust to settle on surfaces, causing eye itchiness and redness. If it’s possible, you can open some windows in your home or office to increase the amount of circulating fresh air. Also, try to dust the fans, furniture, and appliances more often to prevent dander and dust from accumulating. You can purchase over-the-counter allergy medications as well. See your doctor if your allergy symptoms persist.
Days start to get shorter in the fall. You usually find yourself driving at sundown or in the evening. Dim and dark environments can put a strain on your eyes. The intense lights of approaching or passing vehicles can also strain your eyes even more. Your difficulty typically intensifies when you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. You should wear anti-glare glasses to ease the effects of bright lights and be sure to clean them completely. The glare usually gets worse when you have smudges on your lenses.
Continue to protect your eyes from the sun when fall comes. At Pack Optical, we always encourage our patients to wear UV protective eyewear all year round. Please visit our clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, for an in-person consultation. You can also call us at 817-527-9900 if you want to schedule an appointment. That way, we can answer your questions about our fall UV protective eyewear collection and eye care tips for the fall.