You read it correctly. Sunglasses aren't just an essential accessory in the summer. Although many of us are informed of the damage the sun presents to our eyes during the summertime, we don't all realize that we need to take precautions in the winter as well.
Actually, the UV rays that shine down on you in the summer months still exist in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes, especially when bounced off a bright snow. Those of you who enjoy vacations that include snow-based activities should be especially careful if you plan to spend a long time in the intense reflected sunlight which is potentially damaging to the eye. It's very important to guard your eyes from UV rays.
So what's the optimal way to protect your eyes in the cold season? Eye doctors recommend wearing sunglasses that block UV rays, so ensure that you purchase a quality pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it the entire year. Select a pair that you find fitting and totally protects your eyes.
You will soon discover that there are many choices when it comes to purchasing the right pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, style, color and design, there are a number of lens technologies that have been developed to create specialized 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 shield your eyes from sun coming from above particularly when driving. Consult with an optician to learn about the various lens options on the market and which optimally fit your needs.
This winter make sure you sport your shades... you will see the difference.