In this day and age, most of us are familiar with the dangers that the sun’s harmful UV rays pose to both our skin and eyes. That’s why during the summer, we take the best possible precautions in protecting ourselves and our loved ones. One way we do so is through UV protection for our eyes, but did you know that UV rays can be damaging to our eyes during other times of the year, too?
Watch out for the winter sun
In the winter months, weather conditions can vary significantly, not just from day to day, but often from one hour to the next. For example, when you wake up first thing, you may be met with wet, grey mornings, then, by the afternoon, you’re having to close your blinds to prevent glare from the bright sun shining directly into your eyes.
In fact, glare from the sun is more prominent during winter than summer because the sun is lower in the sky during the winter season. This glare you experience is no less damaging than what you shelter your eyes from during the summer. So, it’s just as important to be vigilant in protecting your eyes during the colder months as it is during the warmer ones. But what can you do to protect your vision during the winter?
Sunglasses are for sun not just summer
You might think that opportunities to sport your shades are limited to the summer months, but you’ll be pleased to hear that most good-quality sunglasses with UV protection are made to be worn all year round. When choosing the best sunglasses for UV protection, there are things to consider other than which pair you’ll look most stylish in.
Look for lenses which block out 100% UV and at least 80% HEV rays. You’ll also want a lightweight lens which is shatter-resistant with a shape that’s ideally formed to shield the whole eye from direct sunlight. This will not only protect your eyes from the sun, but also from drying wind and air-blown debris.
Sport some goggles during winter games
Whether you’re a regular enthusiast or simply dabble in winter sports from time to time, you’ll be aware that eye protection is essential when you’re on the snow and ice. But why? The main reason is to prevent glare. The precipitation that coats surfaces when there is snow, water and ice causes these surfaces to become reflective, sending the sun’s glare into your eyes and impairing your vision. If protective sunglasses or goggles are not worn during these sports, it becomes much easier to get involved in an accident. So if you’re planning to go skiing or snowboarding in the future, investing in suitable eye protection is a must.
The best sunglasses for UV protection
At Ferrier & MacKinnon Optometrists, your opticians in Dunfermline, Kinross, Inverkeithing and elsewhere across Fife and Tayside, we are proud to stock a range of high-quality sunglasses which will shield your eyes from the winter sun. To view our comprehensive range of eye protection, or to discuss your needs further with our knowledgeable team, visit us in-store at your local branch.
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