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Winter Eye Care Tips… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read it correctly. Sunglasses are not just a vital accessory in the sunny season. Although many of us are aware of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes during the summertime, we don't all realize that it is essential to take extra care in the winter as well.

Actually, those ultraviolet rays that shine down on you during the summer still exist in the winter. And they pose a problem to your eyes' safety, especially when bounced off a bright snow. Those of you who enjoy get-aways that involve skiing and snowboarding should be especially cautious if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the intense reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's crucial to guard your eyes from UV rays.

So what measures should you take to guard your eyes in the cold season? Optometrists suggest wearing sunglasses that block UV rays, so be sure to purchase a durable pair of sunglasses that is suitable for all year round. Select a pair that is comfortable and totally protects your eyes.

You will immediately discover that there are many decisions to be made when it comes to purchasing the best pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, style, color and design, there are many lens designs that have been invented to create more options for your sunglasses. If you enjoy snow and water sports, you might want to choose polarized lenses which reduce 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. Speak to an optician to find out more about the various sunglass options available and which best fit your needs.

This winter make sure you sport your shades… you will see the difference.