From your wardrobe and after-work plans, to your eyes and everything in between: a new season always requires a lot of adjusting. Going back to work, waving the summer goodbye and saying hello to itchy autumn eyes isn't easy. But fear not; our handy guide of tips on how to manage autumnal weather and contact lenses has you covered.
Itchy, watery eyes
Autumn often reinvites an uninvited guest everyone could do without: hayfever. Between brown leaves falling and blasts of wind, your eyes don't get time to breathe. Equally, not looking after your eyes properly in the cold weather can also cause them to dry out and feel uncomfortable. Here are our tips to end the watery itch:
- Stay room temperature-perfect: It's cold outside, so setting the aircon to hot will let you be warm and cosy. But since it blows dry, hot air, it might dry out your eyes and make your contact lenses feel uncomfortable. Reach for a snug blanket or chunky knit instead, believe us- your eyes (and your electricity bill) will thank you!
- Treat your dry eyes: If you have no control over the air-conditioning at your office, that doesn't mean you can't fight it. There are many effective treatments for dry eyes, such as eyedrops or gels that will help you soothe any weather-caused discomfort. Ensuring you give them a permanent place in your bag means you're always equipped to protect your eyes when all itchy hell breaks loose.
- Clean up: Keep all allergens and dust particles at bay by wiping your shelves with a damp cloth, changing your bedsheets and washing your clothes regularly.
- See your GP more often: If you experience chronic pain, hayfever, fatigue or dry eyes, keeping in touch with your doctor is key. There might be an underlying cause for some of the symptoms you are experiencing, and getting a quick diagnosis is the best way forward.
Rest your eyes
Tiredness has an impact on the entire body, but your eyes are the first to signal it. Eye fatigue can be such a pain, so here are some things to do to keep it at bay:
- The 20/20/20 rule: Digital strain is the main cause of eye fatigue and the easiest way of combating it is by taking 20 seconds every 20 minutes to let your eyes focus on something 20 feet away from your screen. Working in an office means you're chained onto your computer screen. Try to take your lunch break away from your desk, and put your phone away 30 minutes before going to bed, in order to let your eyes rest properly.
- Get enough sleep: Make sure to get your beauty sleep every night and don't push to watch that extra episode on Netflix; your body needs all the rest it can get.
- Be caffeine-conscious: The daily recommended amount of 400mg of coffee, when consumed in the morning, has been proven to do wonders for your eyesight. It's veering off that when all the troubles start!
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