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4 Simple Ways to Keep Your Vision Clear This Winter

While everyone loves the holiday season, the truth is that winter can take a toll on your body, health, and mood, and your eyes are no exception! Whether you wear eyeglasses or not, here are 4 simple tips on how to protect your vision this cold season.


Your eyes are one of your most sensitive organs and they require proper care to prevent any abnormalities or problems. Whether or not you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, there are a number of ways that you can protect the health of your eyes, including:

  • Going for regular checkups to your Calgary eye doctor
  • Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays
  • Using protective eyewear when playing sports or doing any other high-risk activity
  • Following a healthy lifestyle
  • Being aware of your family’s history of eye conditions (eg. glaucoma or cataracts)

 

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4 Simple Tips to Take Care of Your Vision This Winter Season

As the weather becomes colder and the days darker, it becomes more important to pay attention to your vision and eye health. Just a few simple steps can protect your ocular health and keep your vision clearer and more comfortable during the winter.

Here are 4 simple tips you should follow:

1. Wear Your Sunglasses

Sunglasses don’t only cut glare, they also protect your eyes from the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) light. Although the exposure to UV rays may be less during the winter months, the sun’s rays can still cause short and long-term vision problems, and may increase your risk of developing:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Photokeratitis

In addition to protecting your eyes from ultraviolet light, sunglasses will also help reduce eyestrain and headaches, and protect your eyes from wind, debris, and dust.

2. Keep The Air Moist

The humidity level is naturally lower during the winter months and unfortunately, the air becomes even drier due to the use of heaters, fireplaces, and furnaces. This can irritate your eyes, especially if you already suffer from dry eyes and can lead to problems such as blurred vision, red eyes, and difficulty wearing contact lenses.

What You Need to Do

  • Using a humidifier will improve indoor moisture levels
  • Talk to your eye doctor about using artificial tears to alleviate any irritation or dryness
  • Avoid getting close to outdoor and indoor fireplaces if you notice your eyes tend to get dry when exposed to heat.

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3. Be Careful of Your Screen Usage

When the weather gets cold, it can be even more tempting to stay inside with your digital devices. However, during the winter, you must be very aware of the time you spend staring at the screen, because too much screen usage can lead to:

  • Eye dryness
  • Irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain

Tip: Keep your settings in check and give your eyes a much-needed break by looking at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. In addition, talk to your optometrist about blue blocking lenses for your eyeglasses.

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4. Stay Hydrated

Drinking lots of fluids during the summer is a must, but it is just as important to stay hydrated during the winter to avoid dry eyes. Getting enough water daily can make a huge difference to your ocular health and vision clarity, especially if you spend a lot of time outside in dry and windy conditions.

 

all Today

To find out more about how our Calgary optometrists can help keep your eyes healthy and vision clear all winter long, and throughout the year, visit one of our three branches, Crowfoot (67 Crowfoot Terrace NW, T3G 4J8), West Springs (1009 873 85 St SW, T3H 0J5) or Creekside (12192 Symons Valley Rd NW, T3P 0A3).

Alternatively, you can contact our team at our Crowfoot Branch (403-547-5417), West Springs (403-242-0999) or Creekside (403-516-2292).


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