Yep, that's right. Sunglasses aren't just an important accessory in the sunny season. Although many of us are aware of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes during the summer, how many of us realize that we need to take extra care in the wintertime as well?
In reality, the UV rays that shine down on you in the summer remain strong in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes' safety, especially when bounced off a bright snow. Those of you who love get-aways that include snow-based activities should be extra cautious because you'll spend a long time in the intense reflected sunlight which is potentially harmful to the eye. It's very important to guard your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays.
So what steps should you take to protect your eyes in the cold season? Optometrists advise wearing sunglasses that block UV rays, so be sure to invest in a great pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it the entire year. Buy a pair that you find fitting and totally protects your eyes.
You will quickly discover that there are many choices when it comes to selecting the right pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, shape, style and color, there are a number of lens options that have been developed to create specialized sunglasses. If you participate in outdoor sports, you might want to consider polarized lenses which minimize reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted from top down to shield your eyes from overhead sunlight which can be useful when on the road. Consult with an optician to find out more about the various sunglass options available and which best match your needs.
This winter take out those sunglasses… your eyes will feel the difference.