At Family Focus Eyecare, our optometrists emphasize the importance of wearing sun protection all year round!
Whether you are enjoying a tropical holiday or hitting the slopes this winter, wearing sunglasses will assist in protecting your eyes from damaging UV rays.
Here are 5 reasons why you and your family should wear sunglasses in the winter:
1. Sunglasses reduce glare. Winter precipitation covers every surface in water, snow, and ice, causing glare which can impair vision. This reflective glare is particularly dangerous while driving, snowmobiling, and skiing. High quality sunglasses reduce glare to provide safer, more comfortable vision. Polarized lenses are particularly effective at shielding your eyes from dangerous reflections.
2. Sunglasses protect eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Exposure to UV radiation is associated with the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. While everyone’s eyes eventually form cataracts as they age, the process is accelerated by sun exposure.
3. Sunglasses protect eyes from wind, dust, and debris. Sunglasses also serve as an effective wind barrier and reduce the evaporation of natural moisture to keep eyes comfortable. Wearing sunglasses can also keep your contact lenses from drying out and prevent particles from causing corneal abrasions.
4. Sunglasses reduce headaches and eyestrain. The pupil cannot contract enough in bright conditions to reduce light exposure down to a comfortable level, which will cause squinting from an attempt to further reduce the amount of light entering the eye. Squinting and the constant contraction of pupils leads to headaches and eyestrain. Sunglasses help to reduce the amount of light that reaches the eye, increasing comfort and reducing painful side effects of fatigue.
5. Sunglasses improve vision. Excessive glare causes light-induced “bleaching” of the retinas, reducing visual acuity.
Have you ever consider what lenses you choose for snow board and ski goggles? Goggles are also helpful in
protecting your eyes while skiing and snowboarding this winter!
The goal is choosing a tint that will provide a combination of color definition, contrast, depth perception, and eye fatigue protection.
For low light and fog: Yellow, gold, and amber tints filter out blue light, emphasizing shadows in the snow. These tints also work well in moderate and variable light conditions.
Low-light days: Rose and rose copper.
Bright light: Dark tints (copper, dark brown, dark grey, dark green) keep your eyes more comfortable while increasing contrast.
Mirror coating enhances the effectiveness of tinted lenses by reflecting sunlight so it does not penetrate the lens and lowers the VLT (visible light transmission) of the lens, making it a great choice for bright, sunny days.
Photochromic lenses become light or dark automatically as light changes – often available in grey or brown.
Interchangeable lenses allow you to switch lenses as light conditions change.
When choosing a ski goggle, look at the lenses first since they are the most important and fashion second.
Polarized lenses will reduce glare from sunlight that reflects off of the slopes and work great when it is bright out.
Goggles and sunglasses that block out 100% of UVA and UVB rays. These rays bounce off snow and into your eyes – even on cloudy days.
Scratch-resistant coating will help goggles and sunglasses last longer. Always keep your eye wear in a soft pouch or lined case when you are not using the goggles.