Be Cool Wear Sunglasses in Winter and Protect Your Eyes

 

 When the days are cloudy and cold, sunglasses are probably the last thing on your mind. But winter eye protection can prevent painful temporary conditions and permanent eye damage.

Protect Those Peepers

Did you know your eyes can get sunburned in the winter? Snow and ice reflect 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding or working outdoors, UV rays strike from every angle, even on cloudy days.UV exposure can cause a painful condition called photokeratitis, or “snow blindness.” Reporter Anderson Cooper recently experienced temporary vision loss from this condition. He was on the water, but strong glare from any source can cause symptoms.

Slow-Down and Prevent Age-Related Eye Conditions

Protecting your eyes in winter can prevent or slow down eye conditions such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cancer and other growths
  • Wrinkles around the eyes

Can cold temperatures affect my eyes?

Yes. Exposure to cold can cause eye pain, blurred vision and other vision problems. The cornea (front of the eye) can freeze if your eyes are not protected from extreme cold.

 

Eye safety for winter sports

Learn what researchers know about eye protection for skiers and snowboarders.

Sunglasses — trendy designer sunglasses, polarized sunglasses, polycarbonate sunglasses designed for winter sports or other sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays — protect your eyes from glare. Wraparound sunglass styles provide the best eye protection. Ski goggles protect against glare, cold and wind, and you can get prescription ski goggles.

If you run, fish or do other outdoor activities in winter, you need protective eyewear. Many outdoor surfaces like concrete and water can reflect enough UV light to cause eye damage.

When is winter eye safety most important?

The risk of eye damage is highest in late winter and early spring, when days are getting longer. UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 3 pm, further south and at higher altitudes. Popular health site WebMD explains.

In the Pacific Northwest, you might not need sunglasses on most winter days. But our weather changes rapidly, so keep sunglasses handy. If you wear prescription sunglasses, consider a pair for the car or boat.

Do kids need winter eye protection?

UV rays can damage young eyes more easily than adult eyes, and UV exposure builds up over a lifetime. Especially for playing in the
snow, make sure your kids’ sunglasses block 100 percent of UV rays.

For kids and teens, sunglasses that look cool and fit well can make the difference between wearing eye protection and risking damage.

Sunglasses for winter eye safety – we’ve got your eyes covered!

Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs and Wink Optical offer sunglasses for every budget, including Oakley, Maui Jim and Ray-Ban. We also offer prescription lenses for sports goggles.

Questions about winter eye safety? Contact us, and keep your eyes safe this winter!

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Healthy Eyes for the New Year

Jeepers creepers where’d ya get those healthy peepers?

Flip the calendar, turn the page, wipe the slate clean, start fresh – dozens of expressions have been coined to celebrate the feeling of starting something new. You have your eyes for a lifetime. Start following these 7 simple tips in the new year and maintain healthy eyes well into your golden years.

  1. Have an annual eye exam. Eyes aren’t like teeth – there’s usually no pain if something is wrong. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.
  2. Be cool and wear your shades. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory – but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When getting sunglasses look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
  3.  Quit smoking or never start. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
  4. Protect those peepers. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports and doing activities around the home. Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. If protective eyewear is required as a part of your job make a habit of wearing it at all times.
  5.  Know your family’s eye health history.  Talk to family members about their eye health history – it’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye condition.  Since many are hereditary this will help your optometrist determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease.
  6.  Wash, wash, wash your hands. Prevent eye infections by washing your hands before touching  eyes and before handling contact lenses. Teach children to avoid touching their eyes without washing their hands first.  If you are near someone with red eye, avoid contact around your own eyes until you wash your hands first. You can minimize the likelihood of catching common bacterial or viral eye infections by using anti-infective sprays and cleansers in public areas.
  7.  Have an eye doctor who knows you and the history of your eyes to ensure you get the right care at the right time. Stop by soon and get to know our team of on-site optometrists at Wink – your Neighborhood Optical Center.

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