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Fall Eye Care Tips

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Fall Eye Care Tips

Fall Eye Care Tips

O.K. It’s a bit early to be talking about the Fall here, but given that today’s date is officially in the month of September and school is starting back up for many, well, it makes a bit of sense. And hey, our Fall in and around PDX is one of the best times of year, so it’s no reason to be sad. Of course, a new seasons brings changes in weather, allergies and the like, so there’s some good things to keep in mind, eye care-wise. Here’s a list of things to consider:
 

  • Comprehensive Eye Exams vs. Vision Screenings
    Getting a “vision screening” at school, as most kids do, is not the same as a comprehensive eye exam at the eye doctor. Just as they are titled, vision screenings are very limited and non-comprehensive. Don’t rely on this screening to asses you or your child…instead, get a full eye exam.
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    Vision screening is not a comprehensive eye exam. Don’t rely on school screening to properly assess your child or your vision. Image Courtesy: ohsu.edu

     

  • Wash Your Hands Frequently
    We hear this over and over, “wash your hands.” Well, the Fall season is no different. Wash your hands frequently and void touching your eyes to minimize the chances of catching and/or spreading eye-related illnesses, colds and flu.
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    Washing your hands on a regular basis can help prevent the spread of communicable diseases, including common colds, flue, pink eye, etc. Keep those puppies clean! Image Courtesy: erasoap.com

     

  • Keep Wearing Sunglasses
    Well, our Fall season around Portland is anything short of sun. So, you likely don’t need much of a reminder to keep wearing your sunglasses. And as we’ve noted before, clouds do not stop harmful UV and UVA rays from reaching you and your eyes. So, keep wearing those shades!
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    Eyes on Broadway has many types of sunglasses at a wide variety of price points. From pure function to pure fashion to both. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, which doesn’t stop shining in the Fall! Image Courtesy: eyesonbroadway.com

     

  • Eye Allergies in the Fall
    A lot of eye allergies pop up in the Fall season and many of them are airborne. Things like pollen, dust, mold and pet dander are great example of what’s floating about. Rule #1 is avoidance. Try to avoid contact with these elements, and wearing sunglasses or glasses can help. Also, keeping your windows down on the car (as long as it’s not too hot, or if you have AC) is a great way to cut down on exposure. Not as cool as a ride in the convertible…but your eyes will thank you.
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  • Wear Eye Protection
    Anything that can touch or penetrate your eye is a true hazard. Always wear eye protection when doing ANYTHING that could expose your eyes as such. Whether doing yard work, home projects, or doing a sport…protect your eyes accordingly. Safety glasses are the best, and you can get them in prescription format and set for the sun.
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    Protecting your eyes with adequate eye protection is beyond important. See these extra tips below. Image Courtesy: fallprotectionsystems.com

     

  • Keep Your Eyes Moist
    The Fall brings stronger and colder wind, which can cause burning, stinging and water eyes. Dry, colder air is the cause of this and can cause your eyes to dry out. Using things like artificial tears and avoiding strongly-heated rooms, high winds and the like really helps mitigate this condition. Along with dry eyes is the issue of drinking enough water. If you don’t drink enough water your eyes can get dry. Remember the rule of 8…”drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water per day.” This can help not only with dry eyes, but also with dry skin (which tends to kick in with the colder Fall weather and winds).
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  • Stay Active
    Staying active is good for your eyes. All of our bodily systems are connected in one way or another, and staying active and, resultingly, healthy, means only good things for your eyes. So, keep up your summer level of physical activity if you can. Of course, remember to drink even more water if your active, close to 3 liters per day vs. the resting 8, 8-ounce glasses.
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    Header Image Courtesy: David Gn Photography