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Winter Eye Safety

By December 23, 2021No Comments

Who doesn’t love a winter wonderland? Besides running outside to make snow angels, there are a variety of winter activities we love to indulge in – skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and sledding, to name a few. 

However, before you start digging out your skates or donning your snow pants, here are some things you should consider to keep your eyes safe and at the top of their game.

Grab your sunnies.

Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses aren’t just for the summer months. Ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays occur year-round, which means it’s always essential to protect our eyes when outdoors. And don’t forget about the sun’s reflections off the snow!

To avoid overexposure to UV rays, be sure to select quality eyewear to prevent future eye conditions like cataracts, degeneration of the retina, and damage to the cornea.  

Grab your goggles.  

Eye protection is just as important for winter sports as it is for summer sports. For example, wear 
polarized lenses with a chemical film applied or embedded into the lenses to filter light and minimize glare. Polarized lenses are perfect for winter sports like snowboarding or skiing. 

Meanwhile, you can still wear your sunglasses for activities like snowshoeing to avoid UV rays, debris, and other harsh seasonal conditions (e.g., wind).

Grab your humidifier.

This last tip isn’t so much about being active as it is about preventing dryness. It’s a fact that the winter months experience less humidity, especially in our homes. As a result, our active furnaces and heaters can cause not only our skin to dry up but our eyes.

Give your eyes the moisture they are looking for with a humidifier. Of course, keep your heaters and air vent blowing, just not right at your eyes.

If at any point you become confused or overwhelmed by the number of products out there, never hesitate to call our offices. We are happy to help you select the right products for you.