We all know the spiel for keeping your eyes healthy during the summertime (sunglasses, sunglasses and even more 100 percent UV-resistant sunglasses). But what about in the fall? Every season brings with it unique eye safety challenges and fall is no exception.
Now that leaves and pumpkin spice are among us, it’s time to start thinking seriously about fall eye protection. Here’s how to keep your eyes and vision secure during the autumn season.
Beware non-prescription contacts
Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s tempting to grab those bright red contact lenses off the party store shelf to complete your outfit. But try to avoid the siren call of these unregulated products.
Contact lenses are medical devices, and you should never trust ones that weren’t prescribed by your doctor. This is because contact lens prescriptions are more than just the strength of your vision correction, they also take into account astigmatism and other eye measurements. Not everyone’s eyes are shaped the same, and wearing lenses that weren’t designed for your eyes can lead to horrible eye infections or injuries.
Still interested in coloring your eyes? Well you can do it safely with brands like Air Optix, which offer colored prescription contact lenses. Talk to your eye doctor about getting an updated contact lens prescription and then feel free to shop for safe contact lenses that will both correct your eyesight and give you the vivid color you’re looking for. Even if you don’t need corrective lenses, you can still get a contact prescription that ensures the lenses are shaped correctly for your eyes.
Be careful with makeup
Fall is also the time of year when a lot of sketchy makeup finds its way onto store shelves. The FDA doesn’t have the same level of control over cosmetics as it does over drugs and food. Largely it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to make sure their products are safe.
Avoid “Halloween” makeup kits that you find on sale at pop-up Halloween stores or online. Instead invest in some quality cosmetics from a trusted company. This will lessen your odds of an eye infection or an injury from glitter or similar materials.
Don’t let your eyes dry out
As we head into fall, the temperatures get colder and the air gets drier. If your eyes aren’t properly lubricated, they might get red, irritated or even painful. If you notice any of these symptoms, try drinking more water and buy some over the counter eye drops. If the dryness persists, see your eye doctor.
You may also consider buying a humidifier for your home to stop the air from drying your eyes out.
Many people also experience allergies during the fall. There can be a lot of debris in the air from harvests and other farm activities. Keep your eyes lubricated and avoid going outside if it seems smoky or dusty.
Don’t pack your sunglasses away just yet
Sunlight causes cumulative damage to your eyes all year round. Just because the weather is colder and cloudier in the fall doesn’t mean you aren’t still exposed to UV lights. For maximum protection, sunglasses should be worn whenever you’re outside, whether it’s overcast or sunny. If that seems like an unattainable goal, try to wear sunglasses as frequently as you can. This will limit your overall exposure to ultraviolet light.
Be sure your sunglasses are 100 percent UV-blocking. Sunglasses that don’t block all UV light may actually do you more harm than good. These glasses will dilate your pupils without blocking UV light, thus letting in more UV light than if you had gone without.
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Don’t forget the safety goggles
Fall is the season of leaf blowing and woodworking projects. These activities put your eyes at risk of injuries or debris. So remember to pop on a pair of goggles or safety glasses whenever you’re using power tools.
Even if you forgo the leaf blower and opt for a good, old-fashioned rake instead, your eyes may still be at risk. Leaves are a breeding ground for a lot of bacteria and several harmful funguses. Vigorous raking can lead to fungal keratitis or other infections of the eye. So play it safe and wear protective glasses. If you use contact lenses, replace them soon after raking or leave them out all together. Contact lenses are semi-permeable and can help trap contagens against your eye.
Chow down on some antioxidants
Antioxidants are essential for eye health. They may prevent or lessen diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts. Many classic fall foods are rife with antioxidants. So be sure to stock your cupboards with squash, cauliflower, pomegranates and apples.