Did you know that snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV light? Or that even when it’s cloudy outside, the sun can still damage your eyes? That’s why protecting your eyes in the winter is just as important as in the summer. Many people don’t realize that the winter season — and snow and ice in particular — can be harmful to their eyes, even while driving through town or spending only a bit of time outdoors. Summer is definitely not the only time to shield your eyes from the sun!
The right type of sun protection can help prevent snow blindness, a painful eye condition caused by exposure to UV rays reflected from ice and snow, and other damage to your eyes. To protect your eyes, invest in a quality pair of sunglasses to wear year-round. Wear them anytime you’re outdoors. If you’re skiing, snowboarding or sledding, invest in a quality pair of goggles. Cheap sunglasses or goggles simply don’t provide the same type of protection as quality ones do. We can help you find a quality pair of sunglasses and/or goggles that are comfortable and protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
Winter can be hard on your eyes in other ways. Do you ever suffer from red or itchy eyes in the winter? Especially in drier climates where there is little to no moisture, using quality eye drops can help to keep your eyes from drying out in the winter. Wearing eye protection can definitely help combat dryness, too. Ask us about eye drops that also can help soothe your eyes during the months the heater is running and both indoor and outdoor air is dry. A humidifier in your home or office can be helpful as well.
Have questions about protecting your eyes during the winter months? We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Schedule your next appointment today by calling (801) 476-0494.