Why UV Protection is Important in the Winter

Your eyes are sensitive to Ultraviolet light even in the cold season, when you might least expect them to be. If you participate in outdoor activities in the winter, using the proper UV protection for eyes can help you to lessen the likeliness that you will develop any eye conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and photokeratitis.

We can get you the best sunglasses that suit your lifestyle. How you spend time outdoors in the winter, as well as whether you have certain health concerns, will determine which type of protection will work best for you. The following are the main factors that determine what level of UV protection you will require, which we will consider when you come see our optometrist in Calgary.

How you spend your time outdoors in the winter

If you enjoy spending time out in the snow–for example, through skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, or outdoor ice hockey–your eyes will have high exposure to UV in the winter, as snow reflects a very high level of UV.

The time of day you most often spend time outdoors

Between 11am and 2pm, the atmosphere is known to have the highest general level of UV present. Others times of the day do also have high UV due to the position of the sun, as has been shown in some research–so whatever time of day you like to spend doing outdoor activities can be taken into consideration.

How high up your outdoor activities are

Skiing, snowboarding, and other activities that take place in high altitudes will put you at a higher risk for UV exposure, as well, as UV levels increase as altitude increases.

Whether you take certain medications

Medications for birth control and high blood pressure, as well as some antibiotics, can actually increase your sensitivity to the sun.

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5 Bad Habits that Age Your Eyes

Good eyes are not something to be taken for granted. In order to keep your eyes as healthy as they can be, you should avoid these 5 bad habits that will age your eyes.

Poor sleep habits

If you consistently do not get enough sleep, your body will become less able to fix any skin damage that occurs. Since the skin around your eyes is thinner than in other areas of your body, damage can become very visible over time.

Failing to protect your eyes from UV light

Ultraviolet light can make your eyes look older, due to its ability to break down the collagen fibres that exist on your eyelids’ thin skin. Sunglasses can protect you from this damage as well as help to protect you from developing macular degeneration, cataracts, and skin cancers.

Following an unhealthy diet

Eating your fruits and vegetables consistently as well as a couple of servings of fish each week can reduce the chances that you will develop macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye diseases. The nutrients found in leafy dark greens, salmon, and berries are particularly beneficial.

Drinking an insufficient amount of water

By failing to drink enough water, you may end up with red, puffy eyelids that are dry. This is because your bodily cells will have become dehydrated, which means they will not be able to produce enough tears. Ultimately, your eyes may end up looking red and bloodshot and cause you discomfort.

Not going for a regular eye exam

Many eye conditions, particularly those that are age-related, do not show any symptoms in their earliest stages, but through an eye exam these diseases can be detected early on. Our optometrist in Calgary can also detect eye strain caused by those hours spent looking at a computer screen and possibly prescribe you glasses to increase your comfort level.

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How To Insert Contact Lenses

Properly inserting your contact lenses is an important factor contributing to the health of your eyes and the longevity of your contacts. At first the insertion process may seem a bit tricky, however over time and with daily practice, you will find it becomes an easy step in your morning routine.

Wearing contacts, opposed to glasses, can be far more convenient in certain professions, and while playing sports that already require protective eye gear. For this reason, it’s an important skill to master, and like any skill, it takes time to develop. Below is our step by step guide to inserting contact lenses properly.


The first step in the insertion process is washing your hands with soap and warm water. Washing your hands is a crucial step in guaranteeing debris left on your hands does not end up irritating your eyes or damaging your contacts.


Make sure that you have thoroughly dried your hands. This will ensure accuracy and avoid slippage when inserting your lenses.


Using your dominant hand, remove the first contact from your case carefully. Balance the contact on the tip of your finger and ensure it looks like a bowl, as pictured in the image above. If the contact has folded edges, it is inside out. If this occurs, it’s best to put your contact back in your solution for a few seconds before attempting to unfold it.


Once you have your contact comfortably placed on the tip of your dominant hand’s index finger, use your non-dominant hand to place two fingers underneath your eyebrow and gently lift your eyelid up, allowing ease and visibility when inserting your contact lenses.


Using the middle finger of your dominant hand, carefully pull down your lower lid, while maintaining a steady hand so that your index finger on the same hand does not drop the contact. Gently line up the contact with the iris of your eye and place it gently. If the contact is not aligned properly, simply slide the contact so it fits nicely over the iris.


Gently blink your eye to remoisten, and assess the comfort. If you feel any discomfort after the contact has been placed in the eye, simply follow steps 3-7 in this article on how to safely remove a contact lense, and try again after it has had a few minute to sit in your solution. Once you have inserted your first contact comfortably, repeat these steps for the second one.

Great job! You have just successfully inserted your contact lenses. Like most things, practice makes perfect, so it’s important to always remain calm and attempt this procedure in a well-lit room and in front of a mirror to guarantee success.

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