Winter Sunglasses, Not Just for Snowbirds

by
Brian Campbell

Buying sunglasses in February? That means that you are heading south for a winter vacation, right? Not necessarily. In fact, you may have a better reason for wearing sunglasses if you are staying here. Are you aware that the sun’s rays can affect you more in the winter than in the summer? Are you also aware that your eyes may be in danger, even on cloudy days? It may be a good time to update you on winter eye safety.

The Dangers of Ultra Violet Radiation

Winterizing Your Eyes

Over the last few weeks we have witnessed the leaves on the trees turning colour and falling, the geese gathering together and bailing out for warmer climates, an extreme drop in temperature and even the first signs of, dare I say it, snow. There is no denying it, winter is upon us once again. Time to get out the heavy coats and boots, put your winter tires on your car, and prepare for another Manitoba winter. But have you thought about including your eyes in your winter preparations? Are you aware that winter can be a dangerous season for your eyes?

Arthritis and How it Affects Your Vision

September is Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is a chronic disease that currently affects more than six million Canadians, or over 20% of the population over the age of 15. Nearly 24,000 children have arthritis, as do almost 50% of seniors over the age of 65. Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that can attack the joints in your fingers, toes, hands, arms, legs, the ligaments of your spinal column from neck to low back, hips and shoulders. But were you aware that it can also affect your eyes?

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Eyes

Protecting Your Eyes from Blue Light

We are all familiar with sunlight, and many of us are aware that sunlight consists of a variety of colours, both visible and invisible to the human eye. Each of these colours represents a different energy wavelength. Most of us should be familiar with the effects of Ultraviolet (UV) rays on our skin.  If you have made the mistake of looking directly into the sun, or even snow on a sunny day, you will also be aware of what UV radiation can do to your eyes. But there is another light that is becoming almost as much of a concern, and that is Blue Light.

Dry Eye Syndrome and You

Have you ever had sore, itchy, irritated eyes? Have you experienced burning or aching sensation in your eyes? Does it happen regularly? You may want to schedule an appointment with your Optometrist because there is a good chance that you have Dry Eye Syndrome.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome occurs when your eyes aren’t getting enough lubrication to keep them clean and healthy. Your eyes need constant moisture which is provided by your tears, usually through blinking. Every time you blink, your tear glands (lacrimal glands) release fluid that is wiped across your eyeball by the inside of your eyelid. This liquid is a combination of water, oil and mucus, and its sole purpose is to moisturize and protect your eye. But sometimes your tears don’t provide enough moisture.

Getting to Know Your Optometrist

March 23rd is World Optometry Day, an excellent time to get to know your Optometrist. Question 1: What do you know about your Optometrist? Do you know what they do?  Question 2: When was the last time you saw yours?  Question 3…Wait! Why don’t we work on questions one and two first, and that sneaky Question 1.5 I snuck in the middle.

What is an Optometrist?

Nutrition and Your Eyes

March is National Nutrition Month, a very good time to discuss the effect of diet on your vision. The average rabbit can tell you about the importance of carrots for your eyesight, but what other foods can help?

Aging and Eye Disease

We all know that as we get older, our bodies wear down and need more maintenance and upkeep. The same is true for our eyes. Some common eye diseases that are related to getting older are: Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, Dry Eye Syndrome, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration.  Many of these age related conditions can be avoided or controlled by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not smoking, getting regular exercise, and eating healthy. But what is a good diet to maintain eye health?

How Smoking Affects Your Vision

Smoking is bad for you. Yes, I know, you’ve heard it all before. All those warnings about how smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and heart disease. How even second hand smoke can have a negative effect on your health. But just in case you haven’t received enough reasons to kick the habit yet, here is one more. Did you know that smoking can also affect your eyesight?

Smoking and Cataracts