Most of us associate sunglasses with warm weather, hanging out at the beach, and other fun summertime activities. While sunglasses are important for preventing UV damage to our eyes, most of us make the mistake of forgetting to wear our favorite shades during the cold, and sometimes snowy, winter months.
Sunglasses are adding spice to our fashion since 1930s. A right pair will make you look cool, but quality of sunglass are also important for your eyes as they help to block harmful UV rays.
One who experienced dry eye syndrome, can know how uncomfortable constantly dry eyes can be. And Winter is the worst time of the year for red, imitated and dry eyes.
The snow reflects almost 80 percent of the sun’s rays, which increases the likelihood of harmful rays directed to your eyes. So, anyone who spends long hours outdoors must wear sun glasses in winter. Children are especially susceptible to UV-related eye problems, since they spend more time outdoors.
Sunglasses Protect Eyes from Wind, Dust, and Debris. Sunglasses create an effective wind barrier, reduce the evaporation of natural moisture, and keep your eyes comfortable . It also protects vision damage caused by the sun that can occur just as easily in the winter as it can during the summer months. Many snowboarders and skiers experience “goggle tan” that comes from UV light giving them a tan, or possibly a sunburn, on the exposed area of skin surrounding their ski goggles. That same light can cause damage to our eyes too and may cause age related eye diseases.
Its essential for us to wear sunglasses during winter. Things to look out for when buying sunglasses for winter season :
The CE symbol is important. This marking guarantees that the product provides at least the minimum standard level of protection. An EU specifies that this must be at least 380 nm. However, 78% of the radiation is still absorbed by the eye.
The absorption factor plays an especially important role. It needs to be sufficiently high.
Because of this, prescription spectacle lenses should ideally offer broad spectrum UV protection above 380 nm. Only lenses with this level of protection can filter out all dangerous UV rays or waves.
The sunglass should be sufficiently large, and also should fit well on you'r face. This will prevent lights for entering from the sides or from above.
A good pair of sunglasses should also offer an adequate level of protection against blue light. This is because blue light can damage the macula, the point in the eye where vision is at its sharpest.