Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic
1026 Mosley St Wasaga Beach ON L9Z 2G7 (705) 422-0020
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Wasaga Beach, ON
(705) 422-0020
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Protecting Your Eyes Over Winter

Protecting your eyes over winter should become an essential part of your daily routine. Not only will this protection help you feel less drained or irritated over the course of winter, but it can pay huge dividends for your eye health much later in life.
Let’s look at why protecting your eyes over winter is so important, as well as some steps we can take to maintain our eye health.

Don’t Forget About the Sunshine

Something that most of us forget (quite reasonably) is that sunburn is very common in winter! Did you know that snow can reflect up to 80% of the harmful UV radiation from sunlight back into our eyes? If you’re walking in the snow, or skiing or snowboarding, make sure to wear appropriate eye protection like goggles or UV-absorbing sunglasses.

Winter Eye Conditions

There are certain conditions which only show themselves during winter, or which are exacerbated by the cold or dry conditions. The most common such conditions is dry eye syndrome.

Dry Eye

This condition can affect people throughout the year (especially if you’re prone to seasonal allergies like hay fever) but its influence is enhanced by the cold weather. Cold and wind can whip a good deal of moisture from your eyes, and it’s this lack of lubrication on the eye which causes:

  • Itchy, sore and reddened eyes.
  • Tiredness.
  • A burning sensation under the eyelid.
  • Difficulty keeping your eyes open.

Simple steps like drinking more water, and maintaining a fluid-rich diet (such as fresh soups or fruit) can give extra lubrication to the eyes, as a preventative measure. If you are symptomatic, then eye drops and warm compresses can often provide the relief you need.  
Learn more about dry eye.

Preventative Eye Care in Winter

It’s fortunate that there are treatment options in place for conditions like dry eye, but in winter it is imperative that we exercise preventative eye care and try to avoid any eye problems at all. These are steps we can take to protect our eyes all year round, but are even more important in winter.

  • Keep your eyes moist. Dryness can lead to irritation and pain in the eyes, and possibly even time off work if you can’t concentrate. Try installing a humidifier to counteract them and bring a healthy amount of moisture to your eyes.
  • Blink regularly. Did you know that your cornea (the front part of the eye) can actually freeze if exposed to prolonged sub-zero temperatures? We often fight the urge to blink in a cold wind, but embrace it: take a few steps with your eyes closed if you have to!

Take regular breaks away from digital screens. Eyestrain isn’t a problem unique to winter, but if your eyes are already struggling from the cold and dry air, you can bet that they’re going to be more easily strained than usual. Try the 20:20:20 rule: every 20 minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for more than 20 seconds, and give your eyes a break.

What You'll Find at Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

Many people still think that they need to commute to Barrie or the GTA to get the eye care they need. Our clinic - located in Wasaga Beach - has the equipment and staff needed to conduct comprehensive eye exams, specialized diagnostic testing, dress eyewear and sunglass styling and fitting, contact lens fittings, and more. Visit us in-store to see what we can do for you.

Our Optometrists are local to the Wasaga Beach area and are raising their own families here. Many eye diseases are best treated when caught and addressed early. For this reason, we stress the importance of preventative eye care for all family members.

At NTOC we have advanced imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.
Click here to learn more about OCT Imaging

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Eyewear Boutique

Looking for a new pair of designer frames, some prescription or non-prescription sunglasses, or to fill your contact lens prescription? Our eyewear boutique offers the latest fashionable eyewear as well as a diverse selection of contact lenses.

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Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

We are on the corner of Mosley St and 22nd St N. Our clinic is completely wheelchair accessible.

Address

1026 Mosley St
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2G7

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 422-0020
Fax: (705) 422-0120
  • Monday: 10am - 6pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday: Call to Confirm
  • Saturday: Call to Confirm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Anna Dionisio
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • Dr. Hari Amarnath
  • And Associates
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