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Wintertime Is Here! Don’t Leave Home Without Your Shades

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some places bitter cold winds and freezing rains and sometimes snow aren't far behind. The majority of us would never even conceive of leaving the house without a coat in icy conditions; nevertheless surprisingly, many people don't think to take their sunglasses. Although many of us don't think about the glaring sun during times that we are venturing out to the bitter cold, the sun is still a present danger during the winter months, and in certain circumstances can be even more powerful.

They don't call it a "winter wonderland" for no reason. Particularly following a snow storm, the blanket of snow covering the world around you, actually intensifies the reflection of the sun. In fact, without sunglasses it can be painful to open your eyes when you first leave the house after a heavy snow. The ultraviolet sunlight that we are all so vigilant to avoid in the heat of the summer may really be more dangerous in the winter due to the fact that it bounces off the snow or ice, giving you double exposure. This is why a pair of sunglasses is a crucial winter accessory.

Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of deciding upon a pair of sunglasses is being certain they will properly protect your eyes. Make sure your sunglasses block 100 percent of UV rays by checking for confirmation that they are labeled UV 400 (this means they block all light with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers, which includes both UVA and UVB rays.) Don't worry, proper protection for your eyes doesn't mean you have to buy the most expensive pair. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide complete defense.

Another important consideration in picking the right sun wear is size. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to enter. Wrap around frames will also stop radiation from entering from the periphery.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, it’s important to know that the sun's rays are stronger at higher altitudes, so it's wise to be particularly cautious to guard yourself on the ski slope. For additional protection add on a protective hat with a wide brim or visor.

Be knowledgeable about the dangers of the sun's radiation to your eyes throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.