You read it correctly. Sunglasses aren't only a vital accessory in the sunny season. While most of us are informed of the damage the sun poses to our eyes during the summertime, we don't all recognize that we need to take precautions in the wintertime as well.
In reality, the ultraviolet rays that shine down on you in the warm season still exist in the winter. And they pose a problem to your eyes, particularly when reflected off a bright snow. Those of you who enjoy get-aways that involve snow-based activities should be especially cautious if you plan to spend a long time in the intense reflected sunlight which is potentially damaging to the eye. It's very important to shield your eyes from UV rays.
So what's the optimal way to protect your eyes in the cold season? Optometrists recommend using sunglasses with strong UV protection, so ensure that you purchase a great pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it the entire year. Purchase a pair that you find fitting and completely protects your eyes.
You will soon learn that there are many decisions to be made when it comes to selecting the best pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, style, color and design, there are a number of lens designs that have been developed to create specialized sunglasses. If you enjoy water or snow sports, you might want to choose anti-reflective coatings which minimize reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted only at the top of the lens to protect your eyes from sun coming from above which can be useful when driving. Consult with an optician to inquire about the various sunglass options on the market and which optimally suit your needs.
This winter make sure you sport your shades... you will see the difference.