It’s All About Perception
When the days are cloudy and cold, sunglasses are probably the last thing on your mind. But winter eye protection can prevent painful temporary conditions and permanent eye damage. Besides, what’s cooler than wearing sunglasses?
Protect those peepers.
Did you know your eyes can get sunburned in the winter? Snow and ice reflect 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding or working outdoors, UV rays strike from every angle, even on cloudy days UV exposure can cause a painful condition called photokeratitis, or “snow blindness.” Reporter Anderson Cooper recently experienced temporary vision loss from this condition. He was on the water, but strong glare from any source can cause symptoms.
Slow-Down and Even Prevent Age-Related Eye Conditions
Protecting your eyes in winter can prevent or slow down eye conditions such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, cancer and other growths, and wrinkles around the eyes.
Can cold temperatures affect my eyes?
Yes. Exposure to cold can cause eye pain, blurred vision and other vision problems. The cornea (front of the eye) can freeze if your eyes are not protected from extreme cold.
Winter Sports: Eye Safety First
Learn what researchers know about eye protection for skiers and snowboarders: www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/winter-sun-eye-safety
Trendy designer sunglasses, polarized sunglasses, polycarbonate sunglasses designed for
winter sports or other sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays — protect your eyes from glare. Wraparound sunglass styles provide the best eye protection. Ski goggles protect against glare, cold and wind, and you can get prescription ski goggles.
If you run, fish or do other outdoor activities in winter, you need protective eyewear. Many outdoor surfaces like concrete and water can reflect enough UV light to cause eye damage.
Time of the Season: When Winter Eye Safety is Most Important
The risk of eye damage is highest in late winter and early spring, when days are getting longer. UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 3 pm, further south and at higher altitudes. Popular health site WebMD explains: www.webmd.com/men/features/winter-means-wearing-sunglasses#1. In the Pacific Northwest, you might not need sunglasses on most winter days. But our weather changes rapidly, so keep sunglasses handy. If you wear prescription sunglasses, consider a pair for the car or boat.
Do kids need winter eye protection?
You bet. Early and regular eye exams are key. Check out our blog on winter eye safety for the whole family: http://blog.eyelandoptical.com/focus-on-family-winter-sports-protecting-your-kids-eyes/ UV rays can damage young eyes more easily than adult eyes, and UV exposure builds up over a lifetime. Especially when playing in in the snow and during water activities, make sure your kids’ sunglasses block 100 percent of UV rays. For kids and teens, sunglasses that look cool and protect can make the difference between wearing eye protection and risking damage.
We Love to See Kids at Eyeland
If you want to know if your child’s current eyewear leaves them vulnerable to the sun’s damaging UV rays, come in for a free test. Eyeland offer free testing to determine the amount of UV protection your child’s current eyewear provides. During your visit, learn more about our protective eyewear.
Sunglasses for Winter Eye Safety – Eyeland’s Got Your Eyes Covered!
Each of Eyeland Optical Centers 14 PA locations offer sunglasses for every budget, including Oakley, Nike and Ray-Ban. We also offer prescription lenses for polarized glasses and sports goggles.
Questions about winter eye safety? Contact us, keep your eyes safe and look cool.
Call 888-603-EYES or go to eyelandoptical.com.
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