3 Reasons to Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

3 Reasons to Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

When you think about sunglasses, it often brings to mind images of lounging by the pool or beach. However, while sunglasses are an essential accessory for the hottest months of the year, it’s also vital to wear a good pair of sunglasses in the winter months.

Here in Temecula, the winter weather is mild. But you still need to ensure that you always have sunglasses to wear when you spend time outside. Here are a few fundamental reasons to wear sunglasses during the cooler months:

1. Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

Regardless of the temperature outside, the sun is continuously emitting UV rays. These ultraviolet rays can cause damage to your skin and eyes. Good sunglasses have UV-blocking lenses. Also, make sure to invest in a good pair of polarized lenses that block both UVA and UVB rays.

Wearing sunglasses is especially important if you are planning a ski trip. The snow can reflect 80% of the sun’s light, almost doubling your exposure since sun rays are coming from the sky and reflecting on the ground.

2. Safety on the Road

Are you planning a road trip to visit friends or family for the holiday season? Then make sure that sunglasses are on your packing list! Sun glare causes eye strain and could potentially pose a threat if you can’t see road conditions, traffic signals, and pedestrians very well. Sun glare is even higher if you are driving to a location with snow because of the reflection that comes from the snow and ice.

3. Enjoy Outdoor Activities

Some argue that cooler months are the best time of year to spend outside. Temecula’s weather is great during this time of year, making it the ideal opportunity to go running, join a sports team, or take the kids to the park.

Any time you go outside, make sure to bring quality sunglasses so you can minimize exposure to UV rays. Plus, the sunglasses will make your eyes more comfortable, which could have a positive impact on your athletic performance.

The Best Holiday Gift: New Sunglasses

Whether you want to buy a holiday gift for yourself or are shopping for friends and family, a new pair of sunglasses can be a great way to show that you care. Our team offers a variety of styles and designers, giving you access to the best quality sunglasses that you can find.

For more information about products and services, contact us at Temecula Creek Optometry: (951) 302 -1331.

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