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The Winter Sun and Your Eyes

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some locations biting winds and frigid precipitation are also on their way. The majority of us wouldn't ever think of leaving the house without a coat in overcast weather; nevertheless unfortunately, a lot of people don't think to take their sunglasses. Although many of us aren't thinking about the glaring sunshine during times that we are venturing out to the freezing winter climate, the sun is still in full force in colder climates, and in many instances can be even stronger.

They didn't write a song called "winter wonderland" for nothing. Particularly following a snow storm, the world around takes on a glistening glow as a result of the sunlight reflecting off of the snowy cover blanketing the ground and the trees. In fact, for many it can downright hurt your eyes when you first step outside after a heavy snow. The UV exposure that we are all so vigilant in avoiding during the heat of the summer may really be more hazardous in the colder season because it reflects off the snow or ice, resulting in a double dose of exposure. This is the reason sunglasses are a crucial winter accessory.

While it's important to feel great in your shades, the most important consideration when deciding upon a pair of sunglasses is checking that they will properly do their job. Ensure they are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they are labeled UV 400 (this means they block all light with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers, which includes both UVA and UVB rays.) Don't worry, you don't necessarily have to purchase designer glasses to guarantee complete coverage for your eyes. Dozens of inexpensive options exist that still provide total ultraviolet coverage.

A further important factor in picking the right sun wear is frame size. You will have the most protection when the lenses completely cover your eyes and the areas around them. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to get past your sunglasses. Wrap around frames will also prevent harmful rays from entering from the periphery.

Although it's much more commonly known these days that sunglasses are essential to wear at the beach because the water reflects UV radiation, this is also true for snow and ice. Consequently it is just as important to wear sunglasses during times when you go out in wintery conditions. Also ultraviolet radiation is more powerful at high elevations, so if you plan to go skiing or snowboarding, take this into consideration.

This wintertime, stay warm and keep your eyes safe! Make your sunglasses a fixed part of your routine.