You read it correctly. Sunglasses aren't just an important accessory in the summer. Although many of us are informed of the damage the sun presents to our eyes during the summer, how many of us realize that we need to take extra care during the winter months as well?
In truth, the UV rays that beat down on you in the summer months still exist in the winter. And they pose a problem to your eyes' safety, especially when bounced off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who love get-aways that include outdoor winter sports should be extra cautious if you plan to spend a long time in the intense reflected sunlight which is potentially harmful to the eye. It's very important to shield your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
So what measures should you take to protect your eyes in the cold season? Optometrists recommend using sunglasses that block UV rays, so be sure to purchase a quality pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it the entire year. Buy a pair that is fitting and completely shields your eyes.
You will soon discover that there is a plethora of decisions to be made when it comes to purchasing the right pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, shape, style and color, there are many lens technologies that have been invented to create more options for your sunglasses. If you enjoy snow and water sports, you might want to try anti-reflective coatings which reduce reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted from top down to guard your eyes from overhead sunlight which can be useful when driving. Consult with your optician to learn about the various sunglass options available and which optimally fit your needs.
This winter make sure you sport your shades... you will see the difference.