The Importance of Wearing Sunglasses in the Winter
Wearing bifocal sunglasses in the winter to protect your eyes may seem somewhat paradoxical. After all, once the blistering sun of summer fades to the cooler and less taxing sun of winter, shouldn’t you be able to go outside and enjoy the sun with impunity?
Unfortunately, this myth – that sunglasses are only needed during the warmer seasons – is pretty destructive. The truth is that harmful UV rays from the sun, the ones that cause eyestrain and eye damage and pave the way for problems like cataracts, stream from our nearest star all year long. They don’t take a “break” during winter. In fact, if you go out skiing or head to a place with substantial snow cover, you must contend with a double-whammy of UV rays. First, you must deal with UV rays emanating from the sun itself. Second, you have to process the UV rays that bounce off the snow and reflect into your eyes.
If you’re a skier or a snowboarder, you know that you need to wear substantial sun protection on your skin, if you’re going to be on the snow-topped mountain all day, even if it’s below freezing outside. The ambient temperature has nothing to do with the risk for sunburn or dangerous sun exposure. Obviously, you’ll be less likely to burn your back and chest, because you’ll be wearing heavy clothing. But your eyes will still be just as exposed as when you are frolicking on the beach.
Sunglasses can also provide protection against dust, debris and ambient pollution that can cause irritating symptoms like dry eye syndrome, which affects millions of people every winter.
Plus, wearing the right sunglasses can seriously add to your fashion cache, too!
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