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Why You Need Sunglasses During Winter

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Winters are cold, and even the slightest warmth from the sunshine is welcomed. However, the idea that the rays of the sun are not going to harm you as they do during summers is a misconception.

Sunglasses are a fun way to accessorize and take your outfit from a 6 to 10. They can amp up any look and make it chic and fashionable in seconds. Sunglasses are deemed a summer accessory, and most people do not feel the need to add them to their outfits during winters. All those layers to protect you from the cold are thought to be enough.

In winters the sun is at a lower level than those scorching hot summer months, this is the reason why its heat cannot be felt. But at this angle, you are more exposed to the damaging rays of the sun.

Here are a few reasons why you need to add sunglasses to your winter outfits as well.

1.     UV Radiation Increase

UV rays are extremely harmful to the skin and eyes and in some extreme cases have caused skin cancer as well. People who are constantly outdoors during the winters may not feel it, but they are constantly exposed to the dangerous UV radiation. Snow reflects the sun’s rays, and it has been observed that due to this the radiation effect of the UV rays increases and affects our eyes more. At higher elevations, such as skiing areas the radiation increases even more than the above sea level statistic.

2.     Protect Your Cornea

The cornea is constantly exposed to the environment and is more likely to be affected by the UV rays than the other parts of the eye. The reflection of the sun from the snow can cause sunburn on your cornea. This can permanently damage your eye.

3.     Aging

Rays of the sun can cause premature aging and many diseases. Apart from forming wrinkles, crows feet, smile lines, sunburn and many other problems in the skin, The UV radiations can damage the eyes so much that macular degeneration may begin early. It is also the cause of visionary issues and cataracts in the eyes.

4.     Dry Eyes

Winters are extremely dehydrating, even though we might not feel the need to drink water as much as we do in the summer months. Winters tend to draw moisture from our skin, hair, and eyes causing dry eyes. Sunglasses can lessen the chances of dry eyes and also calm its symptoms.

Our Recommendation

It is best to take protective measures before your eyes are affected by the winter sun. We recommend going for a pair of sunglasses that promises to block 100% of the UVA and UVB light, while also shading the delicate skin around your eyes from the sun. Choose the right color of sunglasses for maximum protection, such as amber or yellow ones that provide antiglare benefits and are excellent for snow sports, the brown ones; which enhance contrast and cut down the glare effect and finally the staple black ones that reduce the intensity of light without affecting the colors that you see.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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