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It's official! Winter is here, which means in some parts of the country bitter cold winds and cold rain, snow and sleet are also on the horizon. The majority of us wouldn't ever contemplate of leaving the house without a jacket in icy weather, however surprisingly, many people don't think to take their sunglasses. Although many of us aren't thinking about the shining sun when we are bundling up against the bitter winter climate, the sun's rays are still shining down during the winter months, and sometimes can be even stronger.
On occasions that you frequent a location with snow, you should be extra cautious. Particularly in the aftermath of a heavy snow, the blanket of snow covering the world around you actually intensifies the reflection of the sun. In fact, without sunglasses it can downright hurt your eyes when you first leave the house after a fresh snow. The UV radiation that many people are so vigilant in protecting ourselves against in the summertime may actually be more dangerous during the winter since it reflects off the snow or ice, giving you double exposure. This is the reason sunglasses are a necessary winter accessory.
Even though you want to pick a style you look good in, the most important consideration when selecting sunglasses is making sure they will properly protect your eyes. Ensure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking 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.) The good news is proper protection for your eyes isn't necessarily expensive. Many of the more affordable brands are made with complete ultraviolet protection.
Another important factor in choosing sun wear is size. You want to make sure your glasses totally cover your eyes and if possible the areas around them. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to get past your sunglasses. Glasses with side shield will also keep radiation from entering through the periphery.
Although it's much more commonly known these days that sunglasses are essential to wear at the beach because the water reflects ultraviolet rays, this is also true for snow and ice. Therefore it is just as critical to put on sunglasses during times when you go out in wintery conditions. Additionally UV radiation is more powerful at high elevations, so if you are skiing or snowboarding, take this into consideration.
This winter, stay warm and keep your eyes safe! Don't leave home without your sunglasses. Check out our selection of sunglasses that offer maximum UV protection.