The sun emits the same amount of ultraviolet (UV) rays all year round. This means you’re exposing yourself to solar radiation when you go outside, even in the winter. To protect your eyes, your trusted eye doctor at EyeSite of The Villages recommends wearing sunglasses whenever you go outside, no matter the season.
Reasons to Wear Sunglasses in Winter
In the Sunshine State, wearing sunglasses is a must regardless of the season. The temperatures may be cooler in the winter, but the sun is just as strong. Reflected solar radiation may produce glare, compromising your eyesight. This can pose a danger when you’re driving or doing other outdoor activities. Overexposure to UV rays may also put you at a higher risk of developing corneal sunburns, cataracts and other eye problems, conditions that can lead to frequent headaches and severe eye strain. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your optometrist for an eye exam immediately.
Choosing a Good Pair of Sunglasses
The most important thing you should check when you’re in the market for sunglasses is their ability to block UV rays. We recommend choosing a pair with a “100% UV Protection” label. This means the glasses can filter up to 400 nanometers of both UVA and UVB rays.
Oversized sunglasses with wrap-around frames provide enhanced visual protection. We have a wide range of styles you can try on. If you wear prescription eyeglasses, we can also apply UV-protective coatings to give you added protection.
Call us today at (352) 504-4560 to schedule an appointment and learn more about why it’s important to wear sunglasses in the winter. We see patients from Fruitland Park, FL, and nearby areas.