You read it correctly. Sunglasses are not just an important accessory in the sunny season. While most of us are informed of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes during the summer, how many recognize that we need to take extra care in the winter as well?
In reality, the UV rays that shine down on you in the summer still exist in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes, especially when bounced off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who enjoy get-aways that include snow-based activities should be extra careful if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the bright reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's very important to shield your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
So what steps should you take to protect your eyes in the cold season? Optometrists advise wearing sunglasses with strong UV protection, so be sure to invest in a quality pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it all year round. Buy a pair that you find fitting and completely shields your eyes.
You will immediately learn that there is a plethora of choices when it comes to selecting the best pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, shape, style and color, there are many lens technologies that have been developed to create more options for your sunglasses. If you participate in outdoor sports, you might want to choose anti-reflective coatings which reduce reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted only at the top of the lens to guard your eyes from overhead sunlight particularly when on the road. Speak to one of our opticians to learn about the various lens options available and which best fit your needs.
This winter get out those sunglasses... your eyes will feel the difference.