Winter sunglasses: trendy or just a total waste of time?

Some time ago, and it is not known exactly when, the humble pair of sunglasses began to be considered more fashionable than functional. Wearing them has become a style statement first and foremost, but the truth is that there are many demonstrable benefits to putting them on, beyond just looking good. Wearing them in the winter has also become a statement, but again, it goes beyond just a style statement, for the most part anyway. For quite some time, the benefits of wearing sunglasses have been obvious and well known, but outside of the summer months, many Americans put them aside. Dumped roughly when they should still be one of the few items you should never leave your home without.

There are many benefits to wearing sunglasses overall, all year round, but particularly in the winter, there are additional reasons why you might want to. The following pros therefore brilliantly prove that wearing sunglasses in winter is definitely not a waste of time.

Protects you from UV rays
There’s a misunderstanding when it comes to sunglasses and even the sun, and the damage it can cause, and it’s relative to the time of year. Many of us mistakenly believe that UV damage activity is only a problem in the height of summer, but in winter it can also be a real problem.

Therefore, wearing sunglasses, with the right level of UV protection, will help protect your eyes from sun damage.

Protection against other eye diseases
In addition to UV protection, a quality pair of sunglasses can provide you with defense against a number of other conditions. These can include cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula and pterygium.

It is also important to wear sunglasses during the day in summer even if it is not very bright. UV damage is much higher during the winter months
An incredibly frightening statistic to keep in mind. Snow reflects up to 85% of UV rays, which means the resulting damage to your eyes, and even other areas of your exposed skin, is much greater during the winter months. Stay ahead of this fact by wearing sunglasses. Indeed, wearing sunglasses helpfully protects the delicate areas around your eyes that may not receive the same level of attention when you apply sunscreen and, of course, the glasses themselves will take good care of your eyes.

Helps prevent snow blindness
Many people hit the slopes in the winter, and do so wearing sunglasses. They do this not only because it makes them super trendy, but also because they help prevent snow blindness. Snow blindness occurs when UV rays are combined with specific winter conditions that result in sunburn to the eyes as well as temporary loss of vision, known by some as “snow blindness”. Wearing sunglasses helps prevent this from happening as the tints of the glasses help limit exposure to your eyes.

They can be super stylish
Yes, one of the benefits of wearing sunglasses in the winter is that they can be a perfect addition to your outfit and will help spruce up any seasonal wardrobe. Despite all the many medical benefits of wearing sunglasses with the best UV protection, the aesthetic benefits of breaking out a great new pair of sunglasses shouldn’t be overlooked. On the slopes, you can stand out with the latest eyewear trends. Another option to consider could be transition glasses, featuring lenses that automatically adjust from clear/clear to dark. Which could come in handy on those short winter days or even when the weather conditions change quickly.

Crucial protection at higher altitudes
Many of us will take to the mountains in the winter, and in doing so we put ourselves at even greater risk of UV damage. The rate at which UV risk increases adds even more weight to the reasons for wearing sunglasses. UV radiation increases by 5% for every 1000 feet above sea level you ascend. Since much of the skiing and snowboarding action takes place thousands of meters above sea level, you don’t have to be a mathematician to understand how the risk increases exponentially. All this should allow you to reach, with determination and speed, your sunglasses! These should be front and center in your ski kit, up there with your skis and that cute winter hat Grandma lovingly knitted for you last Christmas.

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