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Winter Eye Care Tips… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses are not just an essential accessory in the sunny season. Although many people are informed of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes during the summertime, we don't all realize that we need to take extra care in the wintertime as well.

In reality, the ultraviolet rays that shine down on you in the summer still exist in the winter. And they could be a threat to your eyes, particularly when bounced off a bright snow. Those of you who love vacations that include skiing and snowboarding should be especially careful if you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the intense reflected sunlight which can be damaging to the eye. It's very important to guard your eyes from ultraviolet rays.

So what steps should you take to safeguard your eyes in the winter months? Eye doctors suggest wearing sunglasses that block UV rays, so ensure that you invest in a great pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it all year round. Buy a pair that is comfortable and completely shields your eyes.

You will immediately learn that there are many choices when it comes to selecting the right pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, style, color and design, there are many lens options that have been developed to create specialized sunglasses. If you are active in outdoor sports, you might want to opt for polarized lenses which minimize reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted only at the top of the lens to protect your eyes from overhead sunlight particularly when on the road. Speak to your optician to learn about the various lens options on the market and which optimally match your needs.

This winter make sure you sport your shades… your eyes will feel the difference.