2019 is finally here. That means the next decade is next year, and if you squint, you can almost see it; imagining that future, you’ve got 2020 vision.

By the time many of you read this, you’ll have already committed to and, to be honest, probably broken some New Year’s Resolutions. For those of you who don’t have any resolutions, and for those who need new ones, we have a few vision related propositions that you can easily see through. After all, you can’t spell New Year’s with eyes. More obviously, you can’t spell it without ears, but those aren’t our specialty.

Take care of your eyewear. This one is obvious to some, but for those who aren’t cleaning their glasses religiously – there’s a whole new world of vision out there for you. Your glasses are smudged; it’s like having fog around you constantly! Admittedly, at this time of season you’re really just distinguishing between shades of grey, so it might not be the most exciting moment to take up a glasses cleaning routine, but any time is better than no time! Check out our blog post on how to clean your glasses to make sure they’re well taken care of. During the nighttime, put your glasses in a case with a surface that won’t scratch them. Take good care of your glasses, and they’ll take good care of you!

Wear sunglasses every day. This doesn’t mean wear them 24/7; wearing your sunglasses at night stopped being fashionable around the mid 80s. A lot of folks neglect to wear sunglasses in the winter, though, and that’s a big mistake. The light from the sun can reflect off of the snow and into your eyes, potentially leading to their degradation through UV rays. Sunglasses can come with prescription lenses, so you’ll be able to see as clearly as if you had your regular glasses on. The sun will hurt your eyes less, so you’ll be able to see better. Most importantly, sunglasses look rad, and people will think you’re cool.*

Rest your eyes! You’re staring at a computer screen, reading a blog. Blink! Look away! Give your vision a rest and you’ll see a big improvement in your life. You’ll also see less double vision, and feel less eye pain and headaches. Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, can cause serious discomfort. The rule to follow is 20/20/20; every 20 minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. The number can shift a few seconds or a few minutes or a few feet; the 20s are just really catchy.

Visit your Winnipeg optometrist! This resolution is super easy to keep, and it’s especially important if you haven’t been in a while. You might have 20/20 vision, but your optometrist can see things that you can’t, including the first signs of a plethora of diseases and health problems. Schedule an appointment for this year!

*This is not actually the most important thing. Your mileage may vary on how cool people think you are, but if you pick a good pair (we can help) they’ll at least think your sunglasses are cool.