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Winter Eye Care Advice… It’s Time for Sunglasses

You read it correctly. Sunglasses are not just a vital accessory in the summer. Although many people are aware of the damage the sun poses to our eyes in the summertime, how many realize that we need to take extra care during the winter as well?

In reality, the UV rays that beat down on you in the summer months are still around in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes, especially when bounced off a bright snow. Those of you who enjoy get-aways that involve snow-based activities should be extra cautious because you'll spend an extended amount of time in the intense reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's crucial to guard your eyes from harmful UV rays.

So what's the optimal way to safeguard your eyes in the cold season? Optometrists advise using sunglasses that block UV rays, so be sure to invest in a great pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it the whole year. Select a pair that is fitting and completely protects your eyes.

You will soon discover that there is an abundance of options when it comes to purchasing the best pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, style, color and design, there are many lens options that have been developed to create more options for your sunglasses. If you are active in water or snow sports, you might want to consider polarized lenses which minimize reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted from top down to guard your eyes from sun coming from above particularly when on the road. Speak to an optician to find out more about the various lens options available and which best match your needs.

This winter get out those sunglasses... your eyes will feel the difference.