In the fall, humidity can go away. The days are shorter, and the leaves take on vibrant orange and red colors. When temperatures begin to drop, the Fall is in full swing. Unfortunately, this setting exposes your eyes to dry air, increased allergens, and UV light that may cause eye problems.
Since the temperatures are low, the amount of evaporation on the earth’s surface is lower, and the air is dry. Dry air is harsh on your skin and eyes because it seeks to absorb moisture from them. Also, with the falling temperatures, you may be using your heating system more often. Heating makes the air in your home dry too. Dry eyes cause a scratchy, burning, or stinging sensation in your eyes. They may also become red, sensitive to light, and your vision could become blurred. Eye fatigue also sets in, making it difficult for you to work on computer-related tasks.
Eyes are sensitive to temperature, light, and wind changes. In the Fall, all three changes take place. The number of irritants suspended in the air also increases the likelihood of developing eye infection or the blocking of a tear duct. Your eyes begin tearing, necessitating a consultation with a professional. In the absence of an infection, your eye doctor will likely recommend sunglasses to shield your eyes.
During the fall, the sun is not directly overhead. Instead, it shines at an angle, which may seem to target your eyes. This position makes seeing difficult because your brow is not shielding the eyes. You begin to strain without knowing what is affecting you. Unfortunately, continued exposure to these rays may cause optic damage. Since most people wear sunglasses during summer, the practice should carry on through Fall and Winter. Whenever the sun shines and gives a long shadow, a hat or sunglasses help keep off the harmful rays.
Eyestrain is a condition where the eyes become fatigued and tiresome due to intense focus and use. During the day, with the sun being at an angle, people have to squint their eyes to focus. Also, with shorter days, people have to adjust to working in dim lighting or bright artificial lighting. For example, if a person is driving at dusk or dawn, he or she will need headlights. The bright light from oncoming cars may strain the eyes, especially if he or she wears glasses or contact lenses. Although eyestrain does not cause severe damage to your vision and eyes, it is quite irritating. You can ask your eye doctor to prescribe some comfortable anti-glare lenses.
Allergies are common in the fall. The cold nights and the warm days make it easier for the air to hold and transfer the pollen over long distances. Mold also grows in the damp areas of the house, releasing spores into the air. The drying, decomposing leaves are also breeding grounds for mold. Dust mites too, which are common during summer, find their way into the fall. The mold, pollen, and mites irritate the eyes, causing constant redness, puffiness, itching, and watering. These symptoms come with wheezing, sneezing, and a runny nose. When this happens, contact your eye doctor who will help manage the allergy symptoms.
Temperature, light, and wind change during fall, which may cause eye problems. For consultation and treatment of these common fall eye problems, visit Noble Vision Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. You can also call 724-302-3700 to book your appointment.