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Winter Eye Care Advice… It’s Time for Sunglasses

You read it correctly. Sunglasses are not only an essential accessory in the summer. Although many people are aware of the damage the sun poses to our eyes in the summer, we don't all realize that we need to take extra care in the winter months as well.

In reality, those ultraviolet rays that shine down on you during the summer still exist in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes, especially when bounced off a bright snow. Those of you who love get-aways that involve snow-based activities should be extra careful if you plan to spend a long time in the intense reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's crucial to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays.

So what's the best way to guard your eyes in the winter months? Eye doctors suggest wearing sunglasses with strong UV protection, so ensure that you purchase a great pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it all year round. Purchase a pair that you find comfortable and totally shields your eyes.

You will quickly learn that there is an abundance of decisions to be made when it comes to choosing the best pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, shape, style and color, there are a number of lens designs that have been developed to create more options for your sunglasses. If you enjoy snow and water sports, you might want to choose anti-reflective coatings which reduce reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted from top down to shield your eyes from sun coming from above particularly when driving. Speak to an optician to learn about the various sunglass options on the market and which optimally match your needs.

This winter take out those sunglasses... you will see the difference.