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Winter Eye Care Tips… It’s Time for Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses are not just a vital accessory in the sunny season. Although many people are aware of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes during the summertime, how many of us recognize that it is essential to take precautions in the winter as well?

In truth, those ultraviolet rays that beat down on you in the summer months still exist in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes' safety, particularly when bounced off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who love vacations that include snow-based activities should be extra careful because you'll spend a long time in the bright reflected sunlight which is potentially harmful to the eye. It's very important to guard your eyes from ultraviolet rays.

So what's the optimal way to guard your eyes in the winter? Optometrists suggest using sunglasses with strong UV protection, so be sure to invest in a quality pair of sunglasses that is suitable for the whole year. Purchase a pair that is fitting and completely shields your eyes.

You will quickly learn that there is a plethora of options when it comes to choosing the right pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, style, color and design, there are many lens technologies that have been developed to create specialized sunglasses. If you participate in snow and water sports, you might want to opt for polarized lenses which reduce reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted from top down to shield your eyes from sun coming from above which can be useful when driving. Speak to an optician to inquire about the various lens options available and which optimally fit your needs.

This winter make sure you sport your shades... your eyes will feel the difference.