Do I Need Sunglasses Even in the Winter?

Contrary to popular belief, sunlight can be just as intense (or more so) in the winter, as the sun rests lower in the sky. So, the answer to this question is yes, sunglasses are an essential accessory every time you spend any length of time outdoors.

Since sunlight can cause eye diseases including macular degeneration, cataracts, and even skin cancer on the eyelids, sunglasses are a vital part of your wardrobe any time of year. Here are a few great reasons to make sure you never leave home without protective eyewear.

Your Eyes Are Still Susceptible to Sunburn

Did you know that it’s possible to have sunburn on your corneas? The tissue in this part of your eye is particularly susceptible to UV rays and is easily damaged. Obviously, you can’t solve this problem by using sunblock to prevent UV rays from reaching your eyes. If you can’t avoid sun exposure, sunglasses are necessary to prevent ultraviolet keratitis, corneal flash burns, and photokeratitis, or sunburned eyes.

Sunglasses for Your Eyes Are Like Lotion for Your Skin

Winter in Florida, the dry season, brings very dry air with it. You’re probably used to using lotion to protect your skin or lip balm for chapped lips. But how often do you think of protecting against dry eyes? Sunglasses are just as important for your eyes as lip balm is for your lips.

Blowing winds quickly dry up the natural lubrication your eyes produce to protect themselves. Having dry eyes leads to irritation, which causes you to rub your eyes to subconsciously encourage more tear production. Eye rubbing causes further irritation, making the condition even worse. All of this is prevented by wearing a pair of sunglasses to protect from the dryness and wind.

Northbound Travelers Need Better Protection

Planning to travel out of the state to ski or snowboard this season, or perhaps to visit family for the holidays? Don’t forget your shades! When snow falls, light is reflected off the ground and bounced back up toward your face, similar to the sun’s reflection off the water when you’re out on the ocean. These rays can cause sunburned corneas, also referred to as snow blindness.

Find Your Perfect Fit for Sunglasses with Our Eye Doctor in Boca Raton

Prescription sunglasses are a great investment, especially when you’re playing or working outside. Remember your sunglasses are part of your safety equipment, too! Call We Are Eyes in Boca Raton at (561) 912-3211 today to schedule your eye exam and prescription sunglasses fitting today. We’ll help you choose this season’s hottest style glasses based on your prescription, activity level, and comfort.