Do not forget to protect your eyes

Summer is time for sunglasses and eye protection, is not it? In fact, sunglasses and goggles can be just as important during the winter months. This is especially true if you live in a cold climate. Snow on the ground can reflect sunlight and cause sunburn, glare and eye damage. In fact, up to 85% of ultraviolet rays can be reflected by snow and in the eyes.

Eye protection in winter is important even in cloudy weather. In addition, prolonged exposure to UV rays, which can sneak through the longest days of winter clouds, can cause long-term damage.

Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes

Summer or winter sunglasses are the best option for eye protection. However, not all sunglasses are equal. Look for sunglasses that:

  • Protect yourself from UVA and UVB rays - 100% UV protection is better
  • Are big enough to protect your entire eye from sun exposure - wraparound lenses are great for winter weather because they protect your eyes from drying out
  • Stay on your face without slipping on your nose or rubbing your ears
  • Shock resistant - polycarbonate lens rather than glass
  • Polarized - Polarized lenses are ideal for the winter months and help reduce glare from ice and snow.
  • Have amber or gray lenses - these are the best for viewing on cloudy, sunny days. Amber is best for driving. Gray is better for the bright sun.

Eye protection layers

In addition to wearing sunglasses that protect your eyes and adapt well to your face, you may want to consider wearing a hat with an edge. Baseball caps and visor ski hats can help protect your eyes from the sun's rays. Look for dark-colored visors that do not reflect the sun. Black, blue and brown are good options.

Goggles are strongly recommended if you play sports or an activity. Snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding and even running are activities that can be enjoyed in winter.

Snow goggles protect your eyes because they fit snugly on your face. There is no opening where debris or wind can penetrate inside. However, some glasses may fog up. Make sure they fit properly to prevent this from happening. Again, look for a good fit, polarized lenses, UV protection and other essentials for sunglasses. And the higher you go, the more eye protection is important. UV rays have less means to filter them and are therefore more powerful at high altitude.

If you wear your sunglasses when the snow starts to fall, change your routine. Wear good- quality sunglasses‌  and eyewear all year round to protect your eyes from damage.

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