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7 Habits That Could Be Damaging Your Vision

From how to keep your eyes healthy to whether it’s really okay to wear contact lenses all the time, here are 7 things your Calgary optometrist wishes you knew.

Clear and comfortable vision is a very important aspect of living a healthy and happy life, yet the majority of people take their eyesight for granted. While wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses can help you see better, there is no real substitute for healthy eyes.

Some of the ways you can protect your vision include:

  • Regular eye exams with your Calgary eye doctor
  • Following healthy habits, such as quitting smoking or eating a balanced diet
  • Staying informed about your family’s history of eye conditions
  • Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays
  • Wearing protective eye gear when playing sports


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7 Things Your Optometrist Wishes You Would Stop Doing

Taking care of your eyes is very important, but unfortunately for many patients, this is not high on their priority list. Even if you think you’re doing everything that you should be, there may still be some bad habits that you’re partaking in that your eye doctor wishes you wouldn’t.

Here are 7 things your optometrist wishes you would stop doing:


  1. Stop staring at screens all day. From laptops to TVs and phones, our eyes rarely get a break from the screen anymore and this can have some serious implications when it comes to your vision and eye health. Make sure to take breaks from time to time, invest in blue light blocking lenses, and blink more to avoid drying out your eyes.


  1. Neglecting your yearly eye exams. Even if you don’t think you have an issue with your eyesight, you can still benefit from regular eye exams. These allow your eye doctors to detect any conditions, such as glaucoma and cataracts, which can lead to blindness if they are not caught and treated early.


  1. Ignoring the effect smoking can have on your eyes. You may not realize that smoking can have real effects on your eye health because it reduces the amount of oxygen being absorbed into your bloodstream and causes the constriction of blood vessels in your eyes, and throughout your body.


  1. Misusing or overwearing your contact lenses. You may think it’s fine to stretch the limits of your contact lenses, but this can be dangerous! Make sure you replace them regularly and NEVER wear them at night. Cleaning and caring for your lenses properly is also critical to avoid infection.


  1. Not drinking enough water. One of the best ways to achieve good eye health is to drink plenty of water. Dry eye is very common and can be very uncomfortable. Staying hydrated keeps your eyes lubricated and minimizes these frustrating symptoms.


  1. Use your makeup carefully. Replace your eyeliner and mascara regularly, because, after some time, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria, increasing your risk of eye infections. Also, avoid applying mascara on the go because this could increase your risk of corneal scratches and infections.


  1. Looking directly at the sun. Looking at the sun may not only blur your vision temporarily, but it can also cause permanent eye damage. UV exposure has been linked to increased risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and burns on the retina. Always wear sunglasses when you are outside, as this will give another layer of protection.


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Has it been a while since your last eye exam? Are you experiencing changes in your vision, such as blurriness or light sensitivity? To find out more about our comprehensive vision services and how our Calgary optometrists can help protect the health of your eye,  visit our Calgary eye clinic at 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW (Next to Milestones) Calgary, Alberta, T3A 0E2.

Alternatively, you can contact us at 403-286-4884 or fill in our online contact form.

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