Protecting Your Eyes in Winter

Protecting your eyes in winter

Sunglasses are great for summer, but really should be worn all year, especially in winter. The winter sun is lower in the sky, which can give you more exposure to light for longer periods of time.

During winter months you cover your hands and face, but what about protecting your eyes in winter? You may not even realize that everyday activities can damage your eyes during the winter months. You dress warmly, cover your hands and face but your eyes are left out in the open. Here are a few tips from Looking Glass to help you protect your eyes this winter. Don’t face unnecessary injury. Make sure you keep these tips in mind during the upcoming winter months.

Wear Goggles

If you are outside in the snow and slush, be sure to wear goggles. While you’re having a blast skiing down the mountain or sledding down your street, you could be getting dirt and debris in your eyes. You can also get snow or other matter in your eyes if they are unprotected. If you are involved in any outdoor activities during the winter, goggles are key in making sure your eyes stay protected in winter.

Protect Them From The Sun

Snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV radiation, which means that your UV dose is close to double what it would be otherwise. It’s very important that you wear sunglasses or some sort of hat to keep the rays from reaching your eyes. While it’s great to get out and soak up the Vitamin D, it’s not great to do so without eye protection. Be sure you grab your sunglasses as you go out the door each day.

Keep Them Hydrated

Just like you have to hydrate your body, sometimes your eyes need a little help with staying moist. Being around heaters or just the dry air that comes during winter can wreak havoc on your eyes moisture balance. Be sure you are keeping them moist and comfortable during these cold days.

These are just a few ways that Looking Glass recommends you keep your eyes protected this winter. Be sure you protect your eyes all year long with eye protection, sunglasses and regular visits to the optometrist.