The Importance of Sunglasses In The Winter

With much of the country now experiencing “Old Man” winter many of us rush for our winter coats, scarves, boots and gloves. Another good accessory to have nearby though during this time of year is sunglasses.

While many consider sunglasses to be connected to the warm summer days and the beach, there are a number of good reasons to have a good pair of sunglasses for the winter months as well.

Not only can sunglasses help with preventing common eye diseases including Cataracts and Macular Degeneration, they can also help in preventing a variety of winter vision issues including:

  • Snow blindness. Ultraviolet radiation increases at a rate of approximately five percent for each 1,000 feet above sea level. With skiers and snowboarders usually in higher altitudes exposed to snow glare, which reflects nearly 80% of the sun’s rays, they are at higher risk for experience a condition called snow blindness. During snow blindness the cornea starts to burn and can cause a variety of issues including tearing, hazy vision and pain.
  • Dry eyes. Dry eye occurs when the eyes doesn’t produce enough tears to keep the eye properly lubricated. Changing temperatures can cause dry eyes, which can then lead to redness and irritation of the eyes. By utilizing sunglasses though can help prevent dry eye symptoms.

Optx 20/20 has a variety of great, affordable, stylish sunglasses that will work great during the cold, yet sunny winter days. Many even include polarized lenses including the new Mossy Oak Camo Tournament frames.

What are you waiting for? Winter isn’t going away anytime soon. Be prepared and keep your eyes safe!



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