October sees us reinforcing our wardrobes with knitwear, stocking up on Bercocca, and turning up the heating… but whilst you’re preoccupied with warding off winter colds and flues, have you thought about how to keep your eyes healthy and strong?
Here at Infocus Opticians, it’s our number one mission to protect your vision, so we’ve compiled a short guide on how to take care of our eyes and eat food for healthy eyes this autumn and winter…
And we don’t mean wine! As we head into AW17, the days get shorter, temperatures drop, and the air becomes drier. This can pose a risk to your vision as cold winds can dehydrate your eyes, leading to redness and irritation. Avoid dry eyes by drinking plenty of water and using moisturizing eye drops before you go to sleep to boost moisture and protect your eyes from the dry autumn air.
During colder days it can be tempting to stay warm indoors, but this can have negative implications to your visual health. As we ramp up the heating and light the fire, dry dusty air is warmed and re-circulated, making it doubly dehydrating for your eyes. If you wear contact lenses regularly, maybe try wearing your glasses for one extra day a week.
Keep Your Shades On
Sunglasses are iconic of summer, but dangerous UV rays aren’t exclusive to the warmer months. We often let our guard down when it comes to protecting our eyes against the autumn/winter sunshine, but remember that reflective UV radiation can be just as harmful to your vision – causing cataracts, melanoma and sunburn. Rays bounce off snow and water, so make sure to wear shades with maximum UV protection when out and about enjoying the great outdoors.
Eat for Your Eyes
There’s plenty of delicious vision-boosting food for healthy eyes that you can work into your family’s diet this autumn, including beta carotene-packed sweet potatoes and carrots, zinc and B-vitamin niaci found in turkey and omega-3 laden chia seeds. Not to mention all the seasonal leafy greens such as kale, cabbage and swiss chard which are packed with vitamins to keep your eyes healthy and strong.
Autumn/winter may be sub-optimal for your visual health, but there’re lots of things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and strong over the cold season. So whether you’re curled up by the fire, braced against the commute, or planning your escape to the ski slopes, if you’re wondering how to take care of our eyes this autumn, follow these top tips from Infocus.