As we head into the cold dark months in the middle of the year, it's easy to assume sun protection can go on the back-burner until spring rolls around. The sun hides behind clouds on these chilly overcast days – how much harm can it really do? When it comes to your eyes, quite a bit.
The sun sits lower in the sky through most of winter. This angle is different than we're used to seeing in the summer months, which can lead us to underestimate its strength. It's important to remember that just like your skin, your eyes need protection from the sun's harmful rays all year around.
Think about how bright it can be driving in snow and sun. The glare from snow (or concrete, or a window, or anything!) can reflect up to 85% of the sun's UV rays into your eyes. These rays can give the surface of your eyes a painful sunburn. This is commonly seen with skiers and snowboarders who skimp on proper eye protection on the slopes.
We recommend investing in a pair of sunglasses that protect your eyes in every season. Tinted and Polarised lens options are available for both prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. Come into your nearest Paterson Burn Optometrists practice and chat to one of our team members about the best option for you.