Winter UV Protection

Are you still wearing sunglasses in winter?

Did you know, wearing your sunglasses in Winter is just as important as wearing them in Summer. In New Zealand we live in a unique environment with high UV levels compared to other parts of the world, and even when you can’t see the sun, you are still being exposed to these harsh UV rays.

Particularly in the winter mornings and afternoons when the sun is low, the eye can be exposed to higher UV levels due to the angle the sun makes with the eyes. The cumulative effect of UV rays can be very damaging to not only your skin, but also the cells in your eyes which can show up later in life. UV exposure can increase the rate at which cataracts form and increase the risk of developing eyelid cancers. We don’t need to wear sunblock in winter because our clothing is protective for our skin, but our eyes are still exposed all year around.

Skiers and snowboarders are even more likely to feel the effects of winter sun, as snow can reflect up to 85% of UV radiation. This not only causes a lot of glare, but damage can cause intense pain and discomfort, and sometimes temporary vision loss known as snow blindness.

Not all sunglasses are equal, so it is important when you are choosing sunglasses to make sure you are getting a pair that offer 100% UV protection, and polarised lenses are even better than simply tinted lenses. The best place to start is at your local optometrist, especially if you wear prescription lenses, so the highly skilled dispensing team can find the perfect pair for you.

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