It's official! Winter is here, which means in some parts of the country biting winds and freezing precipitation aren't far behind. The majority of us would never even conceive of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in cooler weather; nevertheless unfortunately, far too many people don't think to wear sunglasses. Although the sun may not be our first consideration when we are venturing out to the frigid cold, the sun is still a present danger during the winter months, and in certain circumstances can be even more powerful.
On occasions that you find yourself snowed in, it is wise to be extra careful. Particularly after a snow storm, the world around takes on a glistening glimmer thanks to the sunlight reflecting off of the snowy cover blanketing the earth. In fact, for many it can downright hurt your eyes when you first step outside after a fresh snowfall. The UV radiation that most people are so vigilant in protecting ourselves against during the summertime may really be more dangerous during the wintertime due to the fact that it reflects off the snow or ice, resulting in a second exposure. This is the reason a proper pair of sunglasses is a necessary part of your winter attire.
Although you want to pick a style you look good in, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is being certain they provide adequate protection against UV. Be sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for confirmation that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to purchase designer glasses for full coverage for your eyes. Many of the more reasonably priced options exist that still provide complete protection.
Another important feature in choosing sun wear is the size of the frame. You will have the most protection when the lenses are large enough to totally shield your eyes and the areas around them. The larger the surface area covered by your sunglasses, the less harmful UV rays will be able to enter. Wrap around frames will also keep harmful rays from sneaking in through the periphery.
If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, it’s important to know that the sun's rays are stronger at peak heights, so be particularly cautious to keep your eyes guarded on the ski slope. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to add on a protective hat with a wide brim or visor.
This winter, keep warm and keep your eyes safe! Don't leave home without your shades.