Sunglasses are a must for the summertime when the day lasts around 14 hours but some people might not realize how important it is to wear your sunglasses all year long, even in the cold seasons. Seek Optics has put together a short list of important reasons you should not be shelving your sunnies in the wintertime:
- UV Rays: Albeit the sun redes in the winter, we also need to consider that it is also lower in the sky and sits at a different angle. This phenomenon actually results in more damaging UV exposure than during the summer months. It is indispensable to wear some kind of eye coverage if you wish to protect your eyes from long term harm. Not only that, but sunglasses not only protect your vision but also the eyelids and delicate skin around your eyes from UV damage and wrinkles
- Glare: Rain and Frost are common winter occurrences. These external elements cause surface reflections that can deeply affect visibility, which can be especially dangerous while operating moving vehicles. Polarized Lenses are your best defense to help with these issues since that technology is specifically made to shield your eyes against glare
- Protection from Wind, Dust & Debris: Sunglasses are an excellent wind barrier for your eyes. Close-fitting, wraparound style sunglasses are particularly effective at preventing injuries from flying debris. Models like the Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ & the Oakley Jawbreaker are some of our favorite models to wear on windy days. Another thing to keep in mind is that when you are getting constantly hit with wind blasts the air dries out the natural moisture of your eyes causing discomfort and possibly blurred vision.
- Snow, Snow & More Snow: Here are some useful facts: Snow reflects up to 85% of the sun's UV Rays into your eyes and UV Radiation increases 5% every 1,000 feet you go above sea level. In short, without something protecting your eyes your are pretty much guaranteed to get overexposed. Light-induced “bleaching” of your retinas can be painful and will reduce visual acuity.
- Eyestrain & Headaches: Any optometrist will be happy to explain the mechanics behind the impressive human eye and so are we! The pupil of your eye controls how much light reaches the retina in the back of your eye. In faint lighting the pupils dilate (get large) to allow as much light as possible to hit the retina. On the other hand, in bright light conditions the pupil will constrict to block as much light as possible from reaching the retina. When you find yourself in excessively bright conditions your pupil cannot constrict enough to prevent overexposure. This is why you find yourself squinting to try and lessen the quantity of light that is getting into your eyes. Squinting, together with the continual constriction of the pupil, is what ultimately leads to eyestrains and headaches. Since the darkness offered by your sunglasses diminishes the amount of light that reaches your retina you can avoid these uncomfortable situations