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Wintertime Has Arrived! Don’t Leave Home Without Your Shades

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Winter has officially arrived, which means in some parts of the country biting winds and freezing precipitation are also in the forecast. Most of us wouldn't ever conceive of leaving the house without a coat in freezing weather, however surprisingly, many people leave their sunglasses at home. While many of us don't think about the glaring sun when we are venturing out to the frigid winter climate, the sun is still a present danger in colder climates, and in certain circumstances can be even stronger.

On occasions that you find yourself snowed in, it is wise to be even more careful. In particular after a snow storm, the blanket of snow covering the ground, trees and everything else in sight, actually intensifies the reflection of the sun. In fact, in many cases it can hurt to open your eyes when you first leave the house after a glistening snowfall. The UV exposure that many of us are so careful in avoiding during the summer can really be more dangerous in the winter months since it reflects off the snow or ice, resulting in double exposure. This is why a sturdy pair of sunglasses is a crucial winter accessory.

Even though it's important to pick a style you look good in, the most important consideration when deciding upon a pair of sunglasses is making sure they will properly do their job. Check that they are 100% UV blocking by checking for confirmation that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. Don't worry, you don't necessarily have to pay more for adequate protection for your eyes. Dozens of affordable brands are made with full protection.

Another important consideration in picking the right sun wear is size. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to get past your sunglasses. Wrap around frames will also prevent UV waves from sneaking in from the periphery.

For those who enjoy snow or ice sports, you should know that UV rays are stronger at higher elevations, so be even more careful to guard yourself on the ski slope. For added protection wear a protective hat with a wide brim or visor.

Be knowledgeable about suitable eye protection throughout the year. Don't leave home without your shades.