Yep, it's true. Sunglasses are not only an essential accessory in the sunny season. While many people are informed of the damage the sun poses to our eyes in the summer, how many recognize that we need to take precautions in the wintertime as well?
In reality, the UV rays that shine down on you during the warm season remain strong in the winter. And they pose a problem to your eyes, especially when reflected off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who love get-aways that involve outdoor winter sports should be especially cautious if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the bright reflected sunlight which is potentially damaging to the eye. It's very important to shield your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
So what's the best way to protect your eyes in the cold season? Optometrists recommend using sunglasses that block UV rays, so ensure that you purchase a great pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it the whole year. Select a pair that is comfortable and completely shields your eyes.
You will immediately learn that there are many decisions to be made when it comes to purchasing the best pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, shape, style and color, there are a number of lens technologies that have been invented to create specialized sunglasses. If you are active in snow and water sports, you might want to choose 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 learn about the various lens options on the market and which optimally fit your needs.
This winter take out those sunglasses... you will see the difference.