Winter Is Coming--Do You Have Sunglasses Yet?

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Summer is not the only time to wear sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes all year round from the harsh rays of the sun. Knowing how sunglasses can help you take care of your eyes is important so you can be sure to have sunglasses and wear them when it's time.

Sunglasses Protect Against Snow Glare

Sunglasses protect your eyes from snow glare, a condition that can make driving dangerous. Snow glare makes it difficult to see when driving in bright places or when driving into dark conditions from bright locations (like when you drive into a parking garage from a snowy outdoor space).

Snow glare can also irritate your eyes and contribute to the occurrence of winter time dry eye. Many people experience dry eye in the winter because their eyes aren't making enough tears to remain properly moist. Sun glare and exposure to UV rays can make this problem worse. By wearing sunglasses, you can prevent sun glare and help ensure that you'll be safe while driving this winter. You'll also help reduce the effects of dry, itchy eyes.

Sunglasses Prevent Snow Blindness

Snow blindness occurs when the eyes are exposed to UV rays reflected off bright, snowy surfaces. Symptoms of snow blindness include pain, swelling, headaches, seeing halos, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, redness and in some severe cases, actual (albeit temporary) blindness.

The higher the altitude, the worse the effects can become because higher altitudes have less atmosphere to protect your eyes from UV rays. This means that if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow in winter, or if you plan to go skiing, sunglasses are a must-have for your protection.

You'll Need Sunglasses on Your Island Vacation

Are you one of the many people going away somewhere warm this winter? Your sunglasses will help your eyes stay healthy when you go away to your island paradise. UV rays are intensified when sunlight glints off water. Exposure to UV rays makes your eyes extra vulnerable to conditions like macular degeneration, cataracts and burns of the eyes.

Owning and using sunglasses is an important part of keeping your eyes protected during those cold winter months. Remember, if you're a glasses wearer, sunglasses come in prescription strength as well. For a quality pair of sunglasses that will last all winter and for years to come, stop by a local glasses supply store. While you're there, you can also have your eyes tested for disease and refractive error. For more information, contact Village Optical or a similar company.

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Having the Courage To Get Help With Your Vision

After I realized that I had a vision problem, I decided to wait awhile before visiting the eye doctor. Although my vision seemed to grow worse on a daily basis, I was nervous about wearing glasses or contacts. However, I knew that I needed to make a change. After almost getting into an accident on the freeway, I headed straight to the nearest opticians office. My doctor evaluated my eyesight, and told me that I had an astigmatism and bad near-sightedness. He prescribed corrective lenses, and you wouldn't believe how big of a difference they made. This blog is all about having the courage to get help with your vision.