The Importance of UV Protection During Winter

You likely have your winter essentials read to go: coat, hat, mittens, scarf and boots. One very important item missing from that list? Sunglasses! Just because the sun isn’t putting off heat to warm you up, doesn’t mean its UV rays are any less dangerous to your eyes.

Did you know that snow reflects up to 85 percent of the sun’s UV rays?

Whether you’re hitting the slopes or building a snowman in your front yard, sunglasses are a necessity. If you can’t find your summer shades, or simply want a new pair, keep a few things in mind before making a purchase:

  • Select sunglasses that block 100% percent of UV-A and UV-B rays.
  • Look for a pair that are large enough to protect your eyes, as well as the delicate skin around your eyes.
  • If you’re selecting sunglasses for winter sports, such as skiing, pay close attention to the fit. They should have a nice, close fit to your face to help prevent debris from getting in your eye.

Sunglasses can help block more than the sun.

Eyes can be sensitive. Winter’s brutal winds can dry our eyes out quickly, but wearing sunglasses can help create a barrier from the wind and keep the eyes comfortable. In addition, sunglasses can help block small particles from getting in the eye. For example; when you’re chipping away at the ice on your driveway, sunglasses can help protect the eye from flying ice chips.

The information contained above is intended to be educational in nature, does not constitute medical advice, and should not be relied on as a substitute for actual professional medical advice, care or treatment. If you have any vision, dental or other health related concerns, VBA encourages you to immediately contact your optometrist/ophthalmologist, dentist/orthodontist or any other competent, licensed, medical professional.