Protect your eyes…yes, even in the winter!

That’s right, sunglasses are not only for hot, sunny summer days. You should be wearing sunglasses in the winter and all year long.  Fresh snow can reflect 80 percent of UV rays, nearly doubling your overall exposure to solar UV radiation. The sun and snow combined works like a mirror reflecting harmful UV rays that cause glare and impair vision.

Purchase a pair of high-quality sunglasses with polarized lenses that will dramatically reduce glare resulting in safer and more comfortable vision.  Reflective glare can be dangerous while driving and participating in winter sports.

We can’t emphasis enough how extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can be linked to cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and temporary vision loss.  

Another important reason to wear sunglasses in the winter is to prevent headaches and eyestrain. When bright light hits your pupils (pupils control how much light reaches the retina in the back of the eye) your pupils constrict to prevent too much light striking the retina. If the light is extremely bright, the pupil cannot constrict enough causing you to squint to reduce the light and as a result of constant squinting, you’ll likely end up with a headache and eyestrain.  Sunglasses help to reduce the amount of light reaching the retinas, so you’re not straining and your eyes are less fatigued.

The most important part of a pair of sunglasses is the lens, and like most things, better quality usually comes with a higher price tag. You really can’t appreciate a quality lens if you’ve never had the pleasure of looking through a pair. The difference compared to a $10 pair of sunglasses is remarkable. Don’t wait until you develop eye problems, invest in yourself now…you’re worth it!

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