Yep, that's right. Sunglasses aren't only a vital accessory in the sunny season. Although most of us are informed of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes during the summer, how many recognize that we need to take precautions in the wintertime as well?
Actually, those UV rays that shine down on you during the summer months still exist in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes' safety, particularly when reflected off a bright snow. Those of you who enjoy get-aways that include outdoor winter sports should be extra cautious if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the bright reflected sunlight which is potentially damaging to the eye. It's very important to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
So what's the optimal way to safeguard your eyes in the winter? Eye doctors recommend using sunglasses with strong UV protection, so ensure that you purchase a quality pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it all year round. Purchase a pair that is fitting and totally protects your eyes.
You will soon learn that there is a plethora of choices when it comes to selecting the right pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, style, color and design, there are many lens designs that have been developed to create specialized sunglasses. If you are active in snow and water sports, you might want to consider polarized lenses which minimize reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted from top down to guard your eyes from sun coming from above which can be useful when driving. Consult with an optician to inquire about the various lens options available and which best suit your needs.
This winter take out those sunglasses… your eyes will feel the difference.