Sun lenses: a winter essential!

Dec 13 2017 | Essilor

We know this for sure: sunglasses are a summer essential. They protect our eyes from the sun's powerful rays that have been hibernating all winter. They also happen to add a dose of unwavering confidence and a rock star look to a person's appearance!

But what happens to the sun's rays during the winter months? Colder temperatures - ranging from cooler to freezing depending upon your region - sometimes give the impression that we aren't as exposed to the sun's rays during this frigid season. This statement is actually completely FALSE. On the contrary, even without the sun, the white surface of the snow increases UV reflection by almost 80%. This number also increases with altitude. UV rays are even more present, so they are even more dangerous for your eyes.

That's why it's just as important, if not more important, to wear your sunglasses during the winter season. According to a study by the American Pediatric Association, in 90% of cases, damage to the eyes from the sun occurs before a person reaches their 18th birthday. That's why, in addition to protecting yourself, it's important to protect the eyes of your children at all times.

During the winter days when the sun is most present and reflecting off the surrounding snow, the rays can create dazzling reflections that can become uncomfortable, especially if you are driving. Polarized lenses are perfect for this type of situation. They eliminate annoying glare while allowing for superior quality of vision, both with and without a prescription.

Protection may sound like an unappealing, drab word, but it doesn't have to be! Shielding your eyes while remaining completely stylish is possible! Here are some tips that will allow you to be protected without compromising your look.

Bigger is always better

In addition to protecting your eyes, large size lenses will help keep the sensitive skin around your eyes equally healthy. Standard sized glasses might also protect this region, but why not go for movie star glamour? Need a prescription? No problem.

Mirror, mirror, who is the prettiest of them all?

Lifestyle bloggers and fashion bloggers will fall in love with all the shades of available mirrored lenses. There's sure to be one that will beautifully complement your snowsuit!

Photochro... what??!

Photochromic. This is the technical term for what most people refer to as Transitions® lenses. Their opacity adjusts according to the lenses' exposure to UV rays. They will become darker when you are outside and become clear while inside. This option also prevents you from having to always drag a second pair of sunglasses around as they are both regular glasses and sun glasses rolled into one!

Yes, it is important to protect yourself from UV rays, but your eyes are exposed to other dangers. Blue light, for example, which is found in screens, is also found in the sun's rays. When shopping for new glasses make sure to educate yourself about options for protecting yourself from blue light.

The moral of this story: when it comes to your eye health, it's important to see clearly!

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