Autumn Protection For Your Baby Blues!
Ahhhhhh…fall! The leaves are changing colors, you’re contemplating your Halloween costume, the smell of leather boots are in the air, and pumpkin spice everything is back at your local coffee shop. It’s sweater weather.
The dry, warmish windy autumn weather can be tough on your eyes and skin. Although many people assume they are facing allergies, dryness could be the source of your discomfort.
To be ready during these dry conditions, be sure to keep a contact lens rewetting drop on hand. If you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes, visit your eye doc who can recommend the perfect rewetting drops for you. And of course, if you wear contacts, don’t forget to discuss contact lens care with your eye doc during regular appointments.
In addition, although the days are getting shorter, there is still a lot of sunlight to worry about! Even though it’s not a beach day, your eyes still need protection from the sun. Ditch your cheap sunnies for ones that provides at least 95% UV protection — protection from ultraviolet rays. This kind of protection is desirable year-round since UV rays can peek through on cloudy or hazy days as well. UV rays can damage the retina and the lens of the eye, potentially leading to conditions such as cataracts. Yikes!
And of course, it’s super important to take care of those contacts. Since they’re sitting on your eyeballs all day long, make sure that you’re always cleaning and storing them properly after you remove them at night. In a recent survey, more than half of contact lens wearers admitted to not always rinsing off their contacts after taking them out1.
You can also feed your vision with delicious produce. Foods like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and spinach are rich in vitamin C which will work double duty, both helping your eyes and keeping colds at bay. Even your daily snack can secretly help your eye health. “A 1-ounce handful of almonds is an excellent source of vitamin E, which is a powerful eye-healthy antioxidant,” said nutritionist and chef Robin Miller. Besides fresh fruit and veggies, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids at least three times a week. Toss some salmon in your salad, cook with canola oil, or pop a spoonful of flaxseed into your morning bowl of oatmeal for sight so good you’ll see through walls…well not really, but you get the picture.
Now that you’re an expert on eye health be sure to spread the word this fall so your friends and fam can have fab vision during pumpkin picking and cider drinking! Or of course, you could just have them go to PourThatOut.com for more great eye and lens care tips!
xx, The FabFitFun Team
- Based on an online survey of 1,000 contact lens wearers in the U.S. (excluding dailies wearers); Alcon data on file, 2013