You read correctly. Sunglasses aren't just a vital accessory in the summer. While many people are informed of the damage the sun poses to our eyes during the summertime, we don't all recognize that we need to take extra care in the winter months as well.
In truth, those ultraviolet rays that beat down on you during the warm season are still around in the winter. And they pose a problem to your eyes, especially when bounced off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who love get-aways that involve outdoor winter sports should be extra careful because you'll spend an extended amount of time in the bright reflected sunlight which can be damaging to the eye. It's very important to guard your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays.
So what measures should you take to protect your eyes in the cold season? Eye doctors recommend wearing sunglasses that block UV rays, so be sure to invest in a durable pair of sunglasses that is suitable for the whole year. Purchase a pair that is fitting and completely shields your eyes.
You will quickly find that there is a plethora of decisions to be made when it comes to choosing the right pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, shape, style and color, there are a number of lens designs that have been invented to create specialized sunglasses. If you enjoy water or snow sports, you might want to consider polarized lenses which minimize reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted from top down to protect your eyes from sun coming from above particularly when on the road. Consult with your optician to inquire about the various sunglass options available and which best fit your needs.
This winter make sure you sport your shades... your eyes will feel the difference.