Fall Eye Health

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The Fall Season has arrived! Time for apple picking, raking leaves and warm, cozy fires in the fireplace. The weather is changing, school has started, and this is also the time of year when allergies and outdoor pollutants can irritate our eyes. We must continue to protect our vision as we do in the summertime. Here are some ways to make sure your eyes stay healthy this fall.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

A comprehensive eye exam is not the same as the vision screenings children get at school or at their yearly wellness checks. Start the school year right by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with any of our amazing optometrists at Woodlands Eye Associates for your entire family.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands helps you stay healthy! Avoid touching your eyes to prevent the spread of viruses such as the flu and other eye-related illnesses like conjunctivitis (pink eye). Children in school are more vulnerable to pink eye which can spread rapidly throughout classrooms and daycare facilities. 

Keep Your Sunglasses On!

Just because the weather has cooled doesn’t mean you need to stop wearing those sunglasses. Even when it is overcast, UV rays still penetrate clouds. Wearing sunglasses protect your eyes from these harmful UV rays. 

Fall Eye Allergies

With the dry, cold air fall brings in, burning, itchy and watery eyes may follow. These winds stir up pollen, mold, dust and even pet dander that can irritate your eyes and allergies. Keep your eyes moist with artificial tears, or a humidifier at night. Wear sunglasses for protection from allergens, and if your symptoms persist, make an appointment with any of our optometrists for an exam and a plan to relieve your symptoms. 

Eye Protection

Eye injuries are preventable! Raking or blowing leaves can send small pieces into your eyes. To avoid infection be sure to wear protective glasses or goggles to keep your eyes safe. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to thoroughly clean them immediately afterward. 

 

Call and make an appointment at either of our two locations: Panther Creek 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr., Ste. 230 281.367.5335 or Medical Plaza 1001 Medical Plaza Dr., Ste 100 281.367.2020. Or, check us out online at https://woodlandseye.com.

 

References:

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/

https://www.seeintl.org/eye-care-tips/

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