As the air becomes dry and the presence of pumpkin flavored everything draws near, you may find your eyes become more dry or sensitive. Fall brings a change in weather and pollen count, both of which can affect your body's ability to create its own tears.
If your dry eyes are a result of seasonal allergies, there are some tips we covered in the Spring that still ring true for the Fall. One of the biggest ways to reduce the impact of seasonal allergies is to try to eliminate or avoid the allergens themselves. An allergist can perform a skin or blood test to identify exactly what it is that you're allergic to.
- Pollen: When pollen counts are high, try to eliminate the amount of time spent outdoors. If you are outside, trying wearing sunglasses to prevent pollen from getting into your eyes. If you're inside, keep the windows closed and use air conditioning; a window fan will pull the pollen inside.
- Mold: Falling leaves that sit on the ground for too long can cause mold to grow. Mold can also grow in your home as your HVAC unit tries to find a new equilibrium for the changing weather. The humidity level in your home should be kept around 30 to 50 percent.
- Dust: Using special allergen-reducing bedding, washing your bedding frequently, and using a damp mop or rag to clean your floors are all ways to limit your exposure to dust mites.
- Pets: If you own a pet but have allergies to it, consider hardwood or tile floors rather than carpeting to reduce pet dander. Always wash your hands after touching a pet, especially before your hands come into contact with your eyes.
If you are doing all of the above and are still experiencing dry or irritated eyes, you should consult with your doctor to see if you may benefit from a dry eye supplement like Focus Relief Plus. Your doctor will help determine what treatment is best for you.