Everyone has heard of the reasons why sunglasses should be worn in the summer months, but many do not consider the importance of sunglasses in the winter and the effect it can have on your eyes. In New England, we’re faced with a variety of harsh weather, including wind chills and snow. Though it might seem harmless with our short days and long nights, wearing proper eye protection is important to maintaining your eye health.
Have you ever left your home in the morning and battled against the glare off of the snow? We all have, and there is a reason it is such a distinct and bright light. Snow reflects up to 80% UV radiation, exposing our eyes to redness, excessive tearing, and increases the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration.
Another major reason to continue wearing sunglasses is the wind chill. For many that work outside during the winter months, protective goggles or sunglasses are essential. Eyes not protected from harsh conditions can result in freezing of the cornea. Though rare in short exposure, it still occurs when facing the winds for long periods of time without the right eyewear.
Between winter outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, running, and more that New Englanders participate in and everyday activities outside of the home, protecting your eyes from further damage is often forgotten. As a leading eye doctor’s office in NH, Nutfield Eye wants you to remember to keep a pair of sunglasses handy no matter what the season.
If you have more questions related to the health of your eyes, give us a call or set up an appointment at our Derry office (603) 434-3937 or our Londonderry location (603) 421-0022.