Winter has officially arrived, which means in some locations stinging winds and cold rains and sometimes snow are also on their way. The majority of us wouldn't ever think of leaving the house without a coat in cooler conditions; nevertheless unfortunately, many people leave their sunglasses behind. While many of us don't think about the shining sunshine during times that we are battling the frigid cold, the sun is still a present danger during the winter months, and sometimes can be even more powerful.
They don't call it a "winter wonderland" for nothing. Especially after a serious snow fall, the world around takes on a glistening glow thanks to the sun's rays reflecting off of the water molecules blanketing the ground and the trees. In fact, in many cases it can be painful to open your eyes when you first leave the house following a fresh snow. The ultraviolet sunlight that most of us are so careful in avoiding in the summer can really be more hazardous during the winter since it bounces off the snow or ice, resulting in double exposure. This is the reason a good pair of sunglasses is a necessary part of your winter attire.
While you want to pick a style you look good in, the most important part of selecting sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make certain the lenses are 100% UV blocking by checking for confirmation that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. Don't worry, you don't necessarily have to pay more for full protection from UV. Many of the more inexpensive options exist that still provide complete ultraviolet coverage.
Another important factor in choosing sun wear is lens size. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to enter. Wrap around frames will also prevent radiation from entering from the periphery.
Just as most people are aware that sunglasses are critical beach gear since the water intensifies the sun's rays, this is also true for wintery water as well. Consequently it is just as critical to wear sunglasses during times when you go out in wintery conditions. Further ultraviolet exposure is more powerful at greater altitudes such as mountain ski slopes.
Be knowledgeable about the dangers of UV damage to your eyes throughout the year. Make your sunglasses a fixed part of your routine.