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Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses aren't only an important accessory in the sunny season. While most of us are aware of the damage the sun presents to our eyes during the summertime, we don't all realize that it is essential to take precautions in the winter as well.

Actually, those UV rays that beat down on you in the warm season remain strong in the winter. And they pose a problem to your eyes, particularly when bounced off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who love get-aways that involve snow-based activities should be extra careful if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the intense reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's very important to guard your eyes from UV rays.

So what steps should you take to protect your eyes in the winter? Optometrists advise using sunglasses with strong UV protection, so be sure to invest in a great pair of sunglasses that is suitable for the entire year. Select a pair that is fitting and totally protects your eyes.

You will quickly discover that there is an abundance of 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 technologies that have been developed to create specialized sunglasses. If you participate in water or snow sports, you might want to opt for anti-reflective coatings which reduce reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted from top down to shield your eyes from overhead sunlight particularly when on the road. Consult with one of our opticians to find out more about the various sunglass options on the market and which best suit your needs.

This winter get out those sunglasses... you will see the difference.