Autumn Eye Care: Nurturing Your Eyes in the Season of Change

As the vibrant hues of summer give way to the warm tones of autumn, our surroundings transform, and so do our eye care needs. The shift in seasons brings about cooler temperatures and drier air, creating new challenges for maintaining optimal eye health. In this season of change, it's crucial to pay extra attention to your eyes. Read on for Ophthalmologist Dr Jacqueline Beltz’s essential tips for eye care during autumn and discover how you can embrace the season while keeping your eyes healthy.

Older Woman Enjoying the Autumn Leaves - Autumn Eye Health

  1. Don’t stop wearing your sunnies because the sun is less bright:

While the sun may not be as intense as during summer, its UV rays can still affect your eyes. Protect your eyes by continuing to wear sunglasses. Not only do they shield your eyes from harmful UV rays, but they also guard against wind and debris.

  1. Increase your lubricant eye drops:

The drop in temperature and the dryer air can contribute to discomfort and dryness in your eyes. Consider increasing the use of lubricant eye drops to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. This simple step can go a long way in preventing dry eye symptoms.

Autumn Eye Care -  Woman putting in eye drops to care for her dry eye

  1. Cleanse and clean your lashes daily:

Maintaining good health along the eye lid margins is essential, especially during the autumn months. Cleanse your lashes daily and use a warm compress to optimize the quality of your tear film. This helps in preventing irritation and supports overall eye health.  Be sure to sign up to the OKKIYO mailing list to receive your free lid and lash cleansing guide.

  1. Wear protective eyewear while gardening or raking leaves:

Autumn is synonymous with outdoor activities like gardening and leaf raking. Shield your eyes from potential debris, dust, and allergens by wearing protective eyewear. This simple precaution can prevent eye injuries and irritations.

  1. Consider a humidifier in your room or office:

Combat the dry indoor air by using a humidifier in your room, especially while you sleep. Adding moisture to the air can help alleviate dry eyes and ensure a more comfortable environment for your eyes.

  1. Avoid overusing the heater:

While heaters keep us warm, they also contribute to indoor dryness. Overusing heaters can irritate dry eyes. Strike a balance between warmth and humidity to create a comfortable atmosphere for your eyes.

  1. Optimize nutrition with good-for-the-eyes foods:

Embrace the autumn harvest by incorporating eye-friendly foods into your diet. Foods like pumpkin, spinach, cauliflower, apples, pears, and pomegranates contain nutrients that support eye health. Also carrots – it’s not a myth! A well-balanced diet contributes to overall eye wellness.

  1. Don’t presume you won't have allergies:

Autumn allergies are a reality, with triggers like pollen, mould, and dust prevalent during this season. If you experience red, itchy, or swollen eyes, consider antihistamine eye drops. Keep your hands clean and avoid rubbing your eyes. Consult your pharmacist, optometrist, or ophthalmologist for personalized recommendations.

  1. Revitalize Your Eye Makeup:

Embrace autumn's earthy tones in your make up, but remember to keep it fresh. Change mascara and non-cleanable products like liquid eyeliner every three months, especially if you have sensitive eyes. Make up products can harbor bacteria, leading to increased eye irritation. Pencils and crayons can be sharpened for continued use. Prioritize both style and eye health by refreshing your makeup regularly during this vibrant autumn season…. And consider doing that with PRIORITEYES Mascara!


As autumn unfolds its beauty, don't forget to prioritize your eye health. Implementing these simple tips can make a significant difference in keeping your eyes comfortable and vibrant throughout the season. Embrace the change in weather while safeguarding your vision, and remember that regular eye check-ups are essential for maintaining long-term eye health.

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Dr Jacqueline Beltz Ophthalmologist and Beauty Founder sitting at table thinking about dry eye

Dr Jacqueline Beltz, BMedSci (Hons), MBBS, FRANZCO, MSurgEd(Hons) is one of Australia’s leading cataract, cornea and laser eye surgeons.  She has almost 20 years of experience in eye health, is Co-President of the Australasian Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and recent Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Cornea Society.  Jacqueline works at Eye Surgery Associates, Melbourne and Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.  She recently completed 6 years as Director of Training for the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and 10 years as Associate Medical Director of the Lions Eye Donation Service, Victoria.  Jacqueline is founder of OKKIYO – a make up brand especially for people with sensitive eyes.  Jacqueline loves ophthalmology, sees many patients every week and is always striving to improve, both personally and professionally.

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