Fall is the time of year that the weather changes, your allergies act differently, and you or your children have started a new grade in school. Proper eye care is related to each of these fall changes, so protect yourself and your children by paying attention to these different issues.

Wash Your Hands

For starters, stay healthy by washing your hands quite often. As children, we’re often reminded by our parents or doctors to wash our hands frequently, and we should continue this habit. Early in December is National Hand Washing Awareness Week, and this simple task can protect your eyes from eye-related illnesses and a possible spread of flu.

Allergy Awareness

Fall can be especially difficult when it comes to those sensitive with allergies. Hay fever, lingering warm weather, fall leaves, or allergies related to school are all seasonal elements that trigger allergy symptoms. With cool nights and warm days upon us, about 75% of those allergic to spring plants also show allergic reactions to ragweed, a condition more commonly known as hay fever. Mold is another trigger for fall allergies-not only in the damp areas in your house, but those spores also love the wet areas outside.

Even though the season is changing and you may want to put away your sunglasses, your eyes can still react to the harmful UV rays. Remember, if the day is slightly overcast, those UV rays can even penetrate cloud cover.  Also, eye allergies are a common part of the season changing. Mostly airborne, pollen, dust and mold can be stirred up and cause a negative reaction in your eyes.

Eye Protection

Remember the importance of wearing eye protection while working on the garage, and something as simple as doing yard work. Half of all eye injuries occur while performing everyday chores, and most of them cam be prevented by wearing eye protection.

Halloween

With Halloween coming up, prevent a trip to the emergency room by you and your your kids wearing eye protection while carving pumpkins. Costumes calling for fake fingernails, having a broomstick, sword, or lightsaber can all cause eye injuries, so instruct your children on the proper way to hold and use their costume accessories.

These are changes to be aware of during the fall months, and we’ve provided guidelines for how to ensure proper eye care. Protect your eyes during this fun season by following these steps.