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Winter Eye Care Advice… It’s Time for Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses aren't only a vital accessory in the summer. While most people are aware of the damage the sun presents to our eyes during the summer, how many of us recognize that it is essential to take precautions during the winter months as well?

In truth, the ultraviolet rays that beat down on you in the warm season still exist in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes' safety, particularly when reflected off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who love vacations that involve outdoor winter sports should be especially cautious if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the bright reflected sunlight which is potentially damaging to the eye. It's very important to protect your eyes from UV rays.

So what's the optimal way to safeguard your eyes in the winter months? Eye doctors suggest wearing sunglasses that block UV rays, so be sure to purchase a great pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it all year round. Select a pair that is comfortable and completely protects your eyes.

You will immediately discover that there are many options when it comes to selecting the right pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, style, color and design, there are many lens options that have been invented to create more options for your sunglasses. If you are active in water or snow sports, you might want to opt for polarized lenses which minimize reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted only at the top of the lens to protect your eyes from sun coming from above particularly when on the road. Consult with one of our opticians to find out more about the various sunglass options on the market and which best suit your needs.

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