Winter may bring dreary days and freezing temperatures, but don’t put away your shades! Wearing sunglasses in the winter is just as critical as shielding yourself from the sun in the summer.
Glasses Protect Your Eyes from Irritants
It is important to protect your eyes from harmful substances such as dust, smoke, pollutants, and ultraviolet radiation. Glasses are a critical component of protecting the eyes from these harmful factors.
There are numerous reasons to wear sunglasses, but none more so than in the winter. While it may seem as though you don’t need them when the sun isn’t as bright, there are a variety of factors that can impair our vision and cause us to squint.
Even if the sky is cloudy, UV rays may still affect your eyes. This is a significant factor in the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye problems.
Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement; they also help protect your eyes’ health!
Glasses Help Prevent Permanent Eye Damage
Sunglasses, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are necessary throughout the year, not just in the summer.
While it is true that sunglasses are most necessary during the summer when the sun is high and there is little cloud cover, your eyes can still be harmed during the winter.
The reason for this is that the sun’s rays are amplified when they reflect off of snow and ice. Indeed, the Environmental Protection Agency emphasizes the importance of sunglasses on ski slopes during winter vacations.
Apart from preventing permanent eye damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, sunglasses will improve your vision on snowy or rainy winter days. Glare reflecting off of wet surfaces can result in eye strain and headaches.
Whether you’re taking a trip to a wintry wonderland or heading out for a hike, protect your eyes from the sun. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with St. Lucy’s Vision Center if you want to check on your eye health.