Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. Wearing sunglasses in winter is essential to keep eyes healthy and protect against harsh elements.

5 Reasons why wearing sunglasses in winter is a must!

The eclipse of the century has come and gone along with your viewing glasses. As summer winds down, you may be tempted to put away your sunglasses too but here’s why you should keep them handy.

Health issues

During the winter the sun sits lower in the sky than in the summer, which means you’re apt to look directly into it for prolong periods of time. Without sunglasses, your eyes are exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage corneas and advance the formation of cataracts.

Cancer is another concern. Most of us don’t apply sunscreen to our eyelids or tender surrounding areas. We either don’t think of it or don’t want to get lotion in our eyes. A good quality, casual pair of glasses will do the trick for everyday use.

A less serious issue is premature wrinkles—really! Who wants all those tiny lines from squinting in the winter sunlight? And be sure to check out our other skincare tips.

Weather woes

Debris propelled by cold, brisk winds isn’t the only obstacle to overcome, especially for contact lens wearers. Dry eyes, a common complaint, can effectively be treated with wearing sunglasses that fit more closely to the face.

Winter has its share of gray days. Throw on a scarf, grab a cup of Joe and literally change your outlook!  Try a pair of glasses with light colored lenses. Yellow or rose provide good visibility and depth perception in low-light conditions and makes the day look a bit brighter.

Glare reduction

Unlike summer, winter’s snow and ice cause very bright reflections, creating an uncomfortable glare. Driving can get tricky or even dangerous. Wear polarized, grey or green tinted lenses—they are dark enough to fight the glare yet don’t distort natural colors. Lighter tinted mirrored lenses cut down on the glare as well.

Everyday sunglasses don’t cut it when it comes to activities such as skiing or snowmobiling.

The outdoors demands more costly lightweight sport glasses. They have a bit more flexibility and usually have rubber grippers on the ends of the temples to hold them securely in place. Amber lenses provide more contrast for better depth perception and vision overall, making them a good choice for snow sports.

Sunglasses come in a variety of shapes, colors and style.

Find the one (or two) that’s right for you. Protect your eyes while making a fashion statement this winter!

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