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Hearing the words "sunglasses", most people immediately imagine summer, sun, sea, heat. But after all, they are not created to protect from heat but protect the eyes from the influence of harmful ultraviolet radiation and from an excess of bright rays.
No doubt that these accessories are needed for athletes in winter sports or for people who are fun of skiing. But should we wear them on a daily basis? According to ophthalmologists, wearing them in winter is even more necessary than in summer, for some reasons:
- Low temperature reduces the ability of the eyes to moisturize due to the sebaceous glands. This leads to irritation, pain, itching, the so-called "sand in the eyes". The wind aggravates this problem, and the glasses will be excellent protection against both it and frost.
- The position of the sun above the horizon is lower in winter than in summer. And sunglasses in this case are needed to protect themselves from the rays shining directly into the eyes.
- While the sun sits lower in the sky in the winter months, the UV rays are just as intense. And in some cases, the colder months actually bring a risk of double exposure to UV rays. Sunlight bounces off wet and icy surroundings, producing a glare and doubling our exposure to harmful UV rays. So if it’s wet or snowy outside, be sure to bring your polarized sunglasses to shield your eyes from the glare. Read our article about the effects of ultraviolet radiation and how to protect yourself from it.The danger of ultraviolet or how to save the eyes.
HOW TO CHOOSE WINTER SUNGLASSES?
There are several requirements for winter sunglasses that should be taken into account:
- Tight fit. In winter, you need glasses that fit snugly to your face. This will provide better protection from the cold wind. But the lenses should not touch the eyelashes, as this causes unpleasant sensations.
- The frame. The metal frame will be strongly cooled, and in the places where it fits, it can frostbite the skin. Therefore, a more heat-holding plastic is appropriate.
- Lenses. High–quality plastic lenses of natural tones are desirable - gray, brown, and green. They provide the clearest vision and protection. In addition to the UF filter, the lenses must be equipped with additional coatings.
- Anti-glare will help to cope with the reflected light.
- Photochromic lenses will be an excellent solution for wearing in changing light conditions.
- A moisture-repellent layer is absolutely necessary for winter – snow, rain or fog will not leave traces on it, and the lenses will not fog up and impair visibility.
Keeping in mind that the risk of falling increases in winter, choose sunglasses with durable, impact-resistant lenses.
How to combine sunglasses in winter?
Stylists advise combining sunglasses with clothes in winter in this way:
- Furs, fur coats and down jackets with fur trim for women and classic coats for men are suitable accessories in massive frames, square or rectangular shapes.
- Sports models with one common lens or a thin frame are suitable for representatives of both sexes who prefer bright sports jackets and knitted hats.
- For stylish women who love soft felt hats, retro-style glasses are suitable.
Torege sunglasses fully meet the above requirements, so you can easily find the perfect ones for yourself. So feel free to wear sunglasses in winter, and you will get both a stylish accessory and the preservation of eye health at once.