Sunglasses may be synonymous with summer, but the combination of snow and sun make sunglasses a winter must-have! Winter brings a double-threat for your eyes. The first is UV rays from the sun itself, and the second is another round of UV rays as the snow reflects the sun’s rays upward.
Wearing sunglasses during the winter helps by:
- Protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays which can contribute to issues like cataracts and macular degeneration
- Reducing glare so you can see better
- Protecting your eyes from wind and blowing debris
- Reducing fatigue and related headaches & eyestrain
Wear sunglasses that shield your eyes from 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Check the tag on any pair of sunglasses, if the tag doesn’t mention UV protection or if it says “cosmetic” then these will not shield your eyes. Larger lenses will offer the most protection while also safeguarding the delicate skin around your eyes and your eyelids, and wrap-around sunglasses provide excellent protection from any UV light that comes from the side.
All of the most popular brands offer sunglasses with 100% UV protection so you can look cool, see well, and stay safe!