You read it correctly. Sunglasses aren't only a vital accessory in the summer. Although most of us are aware of the damage the sun poses to our eyes in the summer, we don't all recognize that we need to take extra care in the wintertime as well.
Actually, those ultraviolet rays that beat down on you in the summer months still exist in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes, especially when reflected off a bright snow. Those of you who enjoy vacations that involve skiing and snowboarding should be especially cautious because you'll spend a long time in the intense reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's crucial to shield your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
So what's the optimal way to guard your eyes in the winter? Eye doctors suggest using sunglasses that block UV rays, so be sure to invest in a quality pair of sunglasses that is suitable for the whole year. Select a pair that is fitting and completely protects your eyes.
You will quickly find that there is a plethora of options 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 technologies that have been developed to create more options for your sunglasses. If you enjoy snow and water sports, you might want to opt for polarized lenses which minimize reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted from top down to shield your eyes from overhead sunlight particularly when on the road. Speak to an optician to find out more about the various sunglass options available and which best suit your needs.
This winter get out those sunglasses... your eyes will feel the difference.