Five Reasons to wear sunglasses in the winter

KWIAT says: Sunglasses aren’t just summertime accessories

How many people wear their sunglasses all throughout the winter? Why would anyone wear sunglasses in thewinter? You are actually doubly exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays during the winter months — first, from the sun itself; then, from the snow acting as a mirror, reflecting a second dose of UV into your eyes and causing snow blindness. This makes winter one of themostimportant seasons of the year to protect your eyes from the potentially dangerous effects of the sun. Here are five reasons to wear sunglasses in the winter:
Reason 1 – Sunglasses Reduce GlareWhen wintery precipitation coats every surface in snow and ice, extremely bright reflectionscause glare which seriously impairs vision. This reflective glare is particularly dangerous while driving, snowmobiling, and skiing.High quality sunglasses dramatically reduce glare for safer, more comfortable vision. The polarized lenses are particularly effective at shielding your eyes from dangerous reflections.
Reason 2 – Sunglasses protect your Eeyes from the sun’s harmful UV raysExposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation has been associated with the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.Exposure to UV rays damages corneas. Then, in the long term, the eyes’ lenses develop cataracts. Everyone’s eyes eventually form cataracts as they age, but the process is accelerated by sun exposure.
Reason 3 – Sunglasses protect eyes from wind, dust and debrisSunglasses create an effective wind barrier, reduce the evaporation of natural moisture, and keep the eyes comfortable.Wearing sunglasses also keeps contact lenses from drying out and prevents windblown particles from causing corneal abrasions. Close-fitting, wrap-style sunglasses are particularly effective at preventing these injuries.
Reason 4 – Sunglasses reduce eyestrain and headachesOur pupils control how much light reaches the light-sensitive retina in the back of our eyes.In dim light, pupils dilate to allow in as much light as possible.In bright light, pupils constrict to prevent too muchlight from striking the retina.In very bright conditions, however, the pupil cannot constrict enough to reduce light exposure down to a comfortable level, and this causes us to squint — an attempt to further reduce the amount of light entering our eyes.Squinting and the constant constriction of our pupils leads to headaches and eyestrain.Sunglasses help reduce the amount of light that reaches our eyes, which increases our comfort and reduces the painful side effects of fatigue.
Reason 5 – Sunglasses improve visionOur eyes require just the right amount light for good vision and long-term health. Too little light is as bad as too much. However, it’s excessive glare that causes light-induced “bleaching” of the retinas andreduces visual acuity.We recommend higher-end brands for the best protection and superior optical clarity. The biggest difference between €10 drugstore sunglasses and high quality sunglasses is the ophthalmic ground lenses, rather than the pieces of plastic you find in cheap sunglasses. The optic quality and comfort of ophthalmic lenses is so superior, I don’t think people can really appreciate the difference until they’ve experienced it.
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