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Winter Is Here! Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses

Winter has officially arrived, which means in some locations stinging winds and frigid rains and sometimes snow are also on their way. Most of us wouldn't ever think of leaving the house without a coat in icy climates; nevertheless unfortunately, far too many people don't think to take their sunglasses. While many of us aren't thinking about the glaring sunshine when we are battling the frigid winter climate, the sun's rays are still a present danger in colder climates, and in many instances can be even more powerful.

They didn't write a song called "winter wonderland" for no reason. Particularly following a heavy snow fall, the world around takes on a glistening glow due to the sunlight reflecting off of the water molecules blanketing the ground and the trees. In fact, it can be painful to open your eyes when you first leave the house following a glistening snowfall. The ultraviolet sunlight that many people are so careful in protecting ourselves against in the summer may really be more dangerous in the wintertime due to the fact that it reflects off the snow or ice, giving you double exposure. This is the reason a proper pair of sunglasses is a necessary part of your winter wardrobe.

Although it's important to pick a style you look good in, the most important consideration when deciding upon a pair of sunglasses is being certain they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure your sunglasses block 100 percent of UV light 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 sun protection doesn't mean you have to buy the most expensive pair. Many of the more affordable options exist that still provide full ultraviolet coverage.

Another important consideration in picking the right sun wear is size. You will have the most protection when the lenses are large enough to totally guard your eyes and if possible the surrounding areas. The larger the surface area covered by your sunglasses, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Wrap around frames will also stop radiation from entering from the sides.

For the skiers or snowboarders out there, it’s important to know that UV rays are more powerful at peak heights, so you need to be particularly careful to keep your eyes guarded on the hills. Another way to add extra protection is to wear a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

This wintertime, keep warm and stay protected! Don't forget to wear your shades.