You read it correctly. Sunglasses are not just an essential accessory in the summer. While many of us are aware of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes during the summertime, how many realize that it is essential to take precautions in the winter as well?
In reality, those ultraviolet rays that shine down on you during the summer months still exist in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes, especially when bounced off a bright snow. Those of you who love vacations that include skiing and snowboarding should be extra cautious if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the bright reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's crucial to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
So what measures should you take to safeguard your eyes in the winter months? Optometrists suggest using sunglasses that block UV rays, so be sure to invest in a durable pair of sunglasses that is suitable for the entire year. Select a pair that you find comfortable and totally protects your eyes.
You will soon discover that there is a plethora of choices when it comes to choosing the best pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, shape, style and color, there are a number of lens technologies that have been developed to create more options for your sunglasses. If you are active in snow and water sports, you might want to opt for polarized lenses which reduce reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted only at the top of the lens to guard your eyes from sun coming from above particularly when driving. Speak to your optician to inquire about the various sunglass options available and which optimally suit your needs.
This winter take out those sunglasses... your eyes will feel the difference.