Fall is a great time for enjoying the outdoors by taking advantage of the beautiful foliage and relatively mild temperatures. The wind at this time of the year, however, may be stronger than usual, causing your eyes to become dry. To help you make the most of what this season has to offer, read on as your reliable eye doctor from the Neal Eye Group shares four ways to keep your eyes moisturized.
Maintain a Well-Balanced Diet:
What you eat matters when it comes to maintaining your visual health and comfort. Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day is a good way to keep your eyes hydrated. We also suggest eating cold-water fish, such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. They contain high levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which help prevent dry eyes.
Protect Your Eyes:
Wearing protective eyeglasses is another effective way to prevent dry eyes, especially in the fall. The lenses prevent harsh winds from coming into contact with your eyes, maintaining lubrication in your eyes. We suggest choosing a pair with wrap-around frames to prevent air from entering through the sides.
Avoid Harsh Winds and Don’t Smoke:
Arid climates may cause your tears to evaporate too quickly, which can lead to dry eyes. If possible, avoid staying in such places for extended periods. Cigarette smoking also introduces irritating compounds into your system, increasing your risk of developing dry eyes.
Have Routine Eye Exams:
Undergoing an eye exam regularly is one of the best ways to maintain your visual health and comfort all year long. If we suspect you have dry eyes, we will measure your tears’ osmolarity levels through the TearLab Osmolarity System. Upon confirming your diagnosis, we can prescribe artificial tear drops for your improved eye comfort.
For more severe cases, we may suggest applying punctal plugs in your eyes. For more tips on how to prevent dry eyes, call us at (610) 813-2988 to schedule an appointment. We serve Conshohocken, Philadelphia, and Plymouth Meeting, PA.