Most of us like to rock a pair of sunglasses in summer, but did you know that it’s also important to wear them in winter? While we don’t always think to pull out our sunnies when the sky is gloomy and it’s cold, wearing them all year round can help protect your peepers in more ways than one.
Here, we take a closer look at why wearing sunglasses is winter is highly important:
1. Protection against premature ageing
During the winter, the sun sits lower in the sky. This means you’re at risk of more sun exposure than normal and it can lead to UV rays getting to your eyes and surrounding skin. In turn, this can cause premature wrinkles, fine lines, patchy skin and little brown spots.
2. Protection against diseases
While crisp, winter morning walks may be cold, the sun is still as damaging as it is in summer. Research shows that the sun’s UV rays can contribute to various eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts, not to mention skin cancer – so wearing sunglasses offers a degree of protection.
3. Reducing glare
Wintry conditions can mean icy roads that cause a reflective glare when driving, leading to dangerous situations. High-quality sunglasses make driving safer by allowing you to see where you’re going and helping to prevent you from becoming blinded by the sun’s reflection.
4. Wind protection
Throughout the winter months, the wind can be particularly strong. Wearing a pair of specs can act as a wind barrier and protect your eyes against harsh winds and debris that may be flying around. This means you’re less likely to become a victim of conditions like dry eye and conjunctivitis.
5. Stylish accessory
Sunglasses serve a very important purpose – to protect your eyes. But at Dominic Tunnell Opticians, we believe that they are also a stylish accessory that deserve to be worn all year round – winter included.
Depending on your needs, sunglasses can come in a variety of shapes and sizes with a choice of lenses.
- Grey lenses – these reduce the light intensity without altering contrast or changing colours.
- Brown lenses – enhance contrast and can be very useful for snow sports.
- Amber or yellow lenses – significantly enhance contrast and are the most appropriate for driving in the winter.