Winter is officially here, which means in some places stinging winds and cold rain, snow and sleet aren't far behind. You would never even contemplate of leaving the house without a coat in icy climates, however unfortunately, a lot of people don't think to take their sunglasses. While the sun may not be our first consideration during times that we are venturing out to the freezing cold, the sun's rays are still shining down during the winter months, and sometimes can be even more powerful.
They don't call it a "winter wonderland" for nothing. In particular following a blizzard, the world around takes on a glistening glow due to the sun's rays reflecting off of the water molecules blanketing the earth. In fact, in many cases it can be painful to open your eyes when you first leave the house following a heavy snowfall. The ultraviolet radiation that most of us are so vigilant to avoid during the heat of the summer can actually be more hazardous in the wintertime due to the fact that it bounces off the snow or ice, giving you a double dose of exposure. This is the reason a sturdy pair of sunglasses is a necessary part of your winter wardrobe.
Although you want to pick a style you look good in, the most important consideration when choosing sunglasses is being certain they will properly do their job. Make certain the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for confirmation that they block all light up to 400 nanometers – UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more to guarantee complete protection from the sun. Many of the more inexpensive options exist that still provide total UV protection.
Another important consideration in selecting sun wear is size. You will have the most protection when your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The larger the surface area covered by your sunglasses, the less harmful radiation will be able to enter. Glasses with side shield will also stop UV waves from entering through the sides.
For the skiers or snowboarders out there, it’s important to be aware that ultraviolet rays are more powerful at higher altitudes, so you need to be particularly careful to protect your eyes on the ski slope. Another way to add extra protection is to wear a protective hat with a wide brim or visor.
Be informed about adequate eye protection throughout the year. Make your sunglasses a fixed part of your routine.