Alpine Vision Centers’ Autumn Eye Care Tips
In Idaho, fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The weather is cooler and crisper and the trees display a spectacular show of colors. To ensure you enjoy Idaho’s fall weather to the fullest, your friends at Alpine Vision Center have compiled a few autumn eye care tips just for you.
Keep Your Sunglasses Handy
The shorter days and cloudy skies may tempt you to forget those sunglasses, however, the sun’s UV rays are still capable of damaging your eyes. Even on cloudy fall days, UV rays are just as powerful as they are on sunny days. The accumulation of optic UV damage can lead to vision problems. These vision problems can include eye dryness, macular degeneration, cataracts, and even cancerous lesions of the eyelid. For the best protection, it’s important to choose glasses with 100 percent UVA and UVB protection and to wear your sunglasses consistently when outdoors or driving.
This month, both of our Moscow and Lewiston eye clinics are are offering select Polarized Sunglasses for only $39 with all annual contact supply purchases. Talk with one of our experienced opticians to help you find the perfect sunglasses this fall.
Avoid Exposure to Allergens
Fall is notorious for bringing pumpkin-spice-flavored-everything, as well as airborne allergens like pollen, mold, and pet-dander. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include itchy, red, burning and watery eyes. Try to limit your exposure to what is causing your eye allergies if you can. To help shield your eyes from airborne allergens you should wear sunglasses and drive with your windows closed. In your home, keeping your floors clean and using a dehumidifier regularly can help eliminate your exposure to allergens. An antihistamine may be all you need to ease your eye allergy symptoms. If you are still having irritating symptoms, talk with one of our caring eye doctors. He or she may prescribe eye drops to help with the problem.
Protect Those Peepers
Wear Protective Eye Wear
Fall yard work involving raking or blowing leaves can often send pieces of plant material into your eyes. It is possible these bits of plant material can lead to eye infections including fungal keratitis. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to disinfect them immediately after doing fall yard work. Help keep your eyes safe by remembering to wear protective eye glasses. If you need prescription safety eye glasses, stop by Alpine Vision Center and we’ll help you find the perfect pair to suit your needs.
Keep Your Eyes Moist
Burning, stinging, and watery eyes often come with cool, dry fall breezes. Use artificial tears to keep your eyes moist and try to avoid overly-warm rooms, wind, and hair dryers that can increase eye dryness. It is also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. The fall season brings with it many delicious coffee and cocoa drinks, but maintaining hydration is important for proper tear production to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration can include redness, dryness and puffy eyelids.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
No matter the time of year, it is always important to wash your hands with soap and water frequently. During the fall, hand washing is one of the most important and simple steps you can take to avoid spreading germs and getting sick. Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes to help prevent spreading eye-related illnesses like conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Take Extra Care with Contact Lenses
Even with proper cleaning this time of the year, pollen and mold particles can build up on the surface of your lenses.
Sometimes the accumulation on your lenses can cause different forms of conjunctivitis. See your eye doctor right away if you notice any swelling or pinkness, or if your eyes start producing “gunk”. If you have autumn allergies you may want to talk with your doctor about switching to a daily disposable lens to eliminate the possibility of allergen build up on your lenses.
Fall on the Palouse always speeds by too quickly. Get outside with your sunglasses and protective eyewear to enjoy this colorful season to the fullest. Enjoy watching the Moscow and Lewiston colors changing, and take good care of your eyes this season with a little bit of help from your friends at Alpine Vision Center.