Did you know that winter sun can be much harder on your eyes than summer sun? Snow and ice reflect nearly 80 percent of the sun’s rays. Dry beach sand? About 15 percent. And snow in New England is a significant part of our winter landscape. Sun protection for your eyes is even more important in the winter.
We all know that ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause serious health issues like skin cancer. But UV rays can also damage eyes. Bright sunlight can burn the surface of the eye causing photokeratitis (a temporary and painful condition). And long term exposure can cause cataracts as well as some eye related cancers. UV exposure may also increase the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over age 65.
Luckily there is eyewear to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun, whether summer or winter. Sunglasses and sports goggles with UV protection help keep your eyes safe. Look for lenses that provide at least 98 percent UV protection. And make sure to get glasses that provide enough coverage. Small lenses will not protect you from peripheral glare. And if you spend a significant amount of your time outside look for goggles which block almost all sun generated glare.
If in doubt come in and see us at Hill Opticians. We have a wide variety of sunglasses including Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray Ban, Serengeti, and more and also carry sporting options such as Liberty Sport, Cocoons, and Oakley Ophthalmic. Prescription sunglasses and goggles are available. Our expert opticians can help you find the sunglasses or goggles that provide the best UV protection for your lifestyle. And of course we can make prescription glasses with UV protection as well. Sunglasses also make good holiday gifts!
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