As someone who’s mindful of their eye health, you probably wear sunglasses when you’re at the beach or lounging by the pool in the summer. But just because the temperatures have dropped, that doesn’t mean your eyes are safe from the negative effects of the sun. Keep reading to learn how to protect your eyes in the winter in Cape Cod:
- Always wear sunglasses: It doesn’t matter if you’re driving to the store for groceries or shoveling snow in your driveway—be sure to keep those sunglasses on! The sun’s UV rays can do a lot of harm in a short amount of time if you don’t have your shades on.
- Wear goggles while skiing: If you’re planning on hitting the slopes this winter, be sure to wear a quality pair of goggles. Glare from the snow combined with the sun’s powerful rays can lead to damage on two fronts. Be sure to buy goggles that offer 100 percent UV protection!
- Invest in glasses and/or contacts: You’re probably going to spend a lot more time indoors than outdoors this winter. When you’re watching TV and surfing the internet on your computer or phone, you should consider wearing glasses or contact lenses. They can reduce eye strain and reduce the chance of developing eye problems down the road.
- Put on a hat: Sunglasses offer plenty of protection from the sun, but it’s never a bad idea to put a hat on to block out the sun from above and shield your eyes from the wind. Plus, you’ll stay warmer if you’re wearing a hat or a hood.
- Use eye drops: The sun isn’t your only worry when it comes to winter eye health. Our eyes tend to dry out faster in the winter than the summer due to cold temperatures and dry air. Get in the habit of applying eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated throughout the winter.
Choosing the right sunglasses
We know that the best way to protect your eyes in the winter in Cape Cod is to invest in a pair of sunglasses, but just any old pair won’t do! Here’s what to look for in your next pair of shades:
- 100 percent UV protection: Don’t even consider purchasing a pair of sunglasses if they don’t offer total winter UV eye protection in Cape Cod! There should be some kind of label on the lens that says it provides 100 percent protection. If you don’t see that sticker, choose a different pair of shades.
- Polarized lenses: You might want to consider getting a pair of sunglasses that have polarized lenses. Polarization blocks out glare from below while blocking out the UV rays. They cost a bit more, but they’re super helpful when you’re out and about on a snowy day.
- Stylish appearance: Last, but certainly not least, be sure to get a pair of sunglasses that look good on your face! The better your glasses look, the more likely you are to wear them throughout the summer.
Don’t risk one more day of UV damage—come to Bayview Optometrics to get a new pair of sunglasses! We have a huge selection of glasses that offer the highest quality winter UV eye protection in Cape Cod.