Year-round eye care is essential to ensure you have good eye health and to protect yourself from vision issues such as eye disease and injury. Aiken Ophthalmology wants you to know about some potential seasonal eye health issues you could face in the fall months.
Weed pollen can lead to red, irritated, itchy eyes and blurred vision, especially for people with allergies. To reduce symptoms, keep your windows closed, especially when the weather is damp and rainy. Late summer into fall is the season for weed allergies, particularly ragweed, so keep windows closed during the early morning hours when weeds release pollen.
Autumn UV Danger
Just because the days are shorter doesn’t mean you don’t need to worry about dangerous UV rays. Wear sunglasses when you are outdoors, even on cloudy days when ultraviolet radiation can still get through. Aiken Ophthalmology offers a variety of prescription and nonprescription sunglasses from top designers.
Another danger of shorter days is that it leads to more driving at night, when oncoming headlights can strain your eyes. To avoid strain, make sure your windshield and glasses or contacts are clean. If you want to try anti-glare glasses, the team at Aiken Ophthalmology can help.
Autumn-related Eye Injuries
You should always wear safety glasses or goggles when working in the yard, and fall is no exception. Protect your eyes when raking leaves, mowing grass and using equipment such as leaf blowers. Flying debris propelled by lawn equipment can cause eye injury, such as a scratched cornea. Mild corneal scratches usually heal within a day or two, but deep abrasions can lead to permanent scars that can require a corneal transplant.
The best thing you can for your eyes this fall is to get an eye exam if you haven’t already done so. Taking steps now to ensure good seasonal eye health will avoid vision issues later. Contact the experts at Aiken Ophthalmology today for more information or to get your vision checked.