Many people think of sunglasses as a summer accessory. However, while sunglasses may be stylish, they are not merely a fashion accessory, and they are not just meant to be worn in the summer. Studies show that sun exposure, regardless of the season, may increase the risk of developing cataracts, snow blindness, and growths on the eyes, including cancer. Therefore, it is important to protect your eyes from UV radiation year-round by wearing appropriate eye gear.
Even if you know you should be wearing sunglasses year-round, you may not think to grab a pair when it is cloudy outside, and it certainly is not the first thought most people have when there is snow on the ground. However, you should make protecting your eyes a priority no matter the weather. Exposure to UV radiation can be high even on cloudy days, and sun reflecting off snow can be especially harsh on your eyes.
Read: Exposure to UV Rays can cause Cataracts.
The risk of UV damage is particularly high for skiers and snowboarders. If you plan on skiing or snowboarding this winter, you should take extra precautions for a couple of reasons. First, excessive exposure to UV light reflected off snow can damage the eye’s front surface called the cornea, which can lead to a variety of serious conditions. Second, exposure to UV radiation increases with elevation. We recommend that you check your sunglasses and ski goggles to make sure they contain proper UV protection.
It is important to realize that not all eyewear is made equally. When shopping for sunglasses, for example, you should consider the following factors.
With all of this in mind, it is time to check out your own sunglasses to make sure they are protecting you from UV rays. Once you have a pair you can rely on, make sure you leave them somewhere where you will not forget them on your way out the door.
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