Winter Sports & Activities: A Shadey Situation
Sunglasses are synonymous with the sun, which means that most of us only think about wearing them on a bright summer day. So when the winter weather boasts gray and gloomy skies, the last thing you say before heading out the door is, “Wait a minute, let me grab my shades.” Am I right? Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this sort of sunny-day mindset is a serious issue — especially when it comes to winter safety. Did you know that UV levels are nearly the same on a cold, cloudy day as they are on a warm, clear one? That’s one of the many reasons why it’s so important to take proper shade-y precautions year-round. Read on as our eye experts give you the lowdown on all things polarized, during the not-so-sunny season.
Why Polarization Matters:
Whether you’re headed to the skating rink or hitting the snowy slopes, be sure that you’re wearing polarized eye protection. Here’s why:
* With all of those icy roads, slushy walkways, melting snowmen, and sparkling scenic fields and mountains, glare is a big issue during the winter months. Glare is the result of the sun’s rays reflecting off of a solid or watery surface, which causes it to magnify and reflect directly into your eyes.
* What can glare do to your eyesight? It will alter your vision, reduce your depth perception, distort color, and cause side effects like temporary blindness.
*Polarized sunglasses work to reduce the glare on winter’s reflective surfaces, while still blocking harmful UV rays. Polarized lenses contain filters made of a chemical film that blocks glare by allowing only vertical light to pass through. This special type of lens offers better visibility for a healthier, active outdoor lifestyle during the winter months.
Types of Polarized Sunglasses:
Whether you’re driving to and from work, riding your bike, or snowboarding, there’s a specific polarized pair for every winter-day activity.
Battle the slush with a pair of polarized fashion sunglasses! If you’re driving in the car, doing some holiday shopping, or ice skating with friends, you might be looking for a pair of glasses that are as stylish as they are functional. Polarized glasses don’t always have to be sleek and sporty; they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! With retro, rockstar, celebrity, oversized, and aviator polarized sunglasses, it’s easy to look on-trend and protect your eyes from winter’s glare, too.
If you’re biking year-round, going ice fishing, or running outside, a pair of polarized sports sunglasses are perfect for your active winter days. Make sure to choose a pair that offers full UV protection for your eyes, shatter-resistant lenses for kicking up unexpected ice and rocks, and a wrap-around feature that keeps your eyes safe from all angles and your frames snug to your face. And most importantly, make sure they’re comfortable.
If you’re snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling — or around blowing snow — make sure you find a pair of cozy, polarized ski goggles. These are vital in preventing snow blindness from the reflection of those winter-white slopes! Try goggles with an anti-fog coating and wide vents to prevent dangerous lens-clouding, as well as scratch-resistant coatings for skiing through brush.
This is a sun-safety feature from the: Sun Authority
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