Even though sunglasses are synonymous with summer, they’re actually something that should be worn all year-round. Increased glare from snow and ice, UV damage and heavy winds can harm vision and make it dangerous to drive or participate in winter activities without the protection of sunglasses.
A sunny day after a snowfall might look beautiful, but it can dangerous—especially when driving. Light reflected from ice and snow can cause intense glares that can temporarily blind drivers, potentially causing accidents. Wearing polarized sunglasses can help reduce the effects of snow glare and help keep you safe while driving.
In addition to glare, the snow and ice can magnify harmful UV rays, which is why it’s important to wear glasses with proper UV protection. Since there’s no way to tell by looking at lenses if they provide UV protection, you have to rely on labels. Only buy glasses from a reputable retailer and look for sunglasses that block 99% – 100% of UV rays or have UV absorption of up to 400 nm.
Along with snow and ice, winter brings bitter winds that can chill you to the bone. Wearing sunglasses in the winter can help protect your eyes from the cold and also block snow and other debris from harming your eyes. If you participate in winter sports, wearing prescription goggles can provide additional protection while providing vision correction.
It’s important to protect eyes and vision during the winter by wearing sunglasses all year long—not just the summer.