Winter is here in the Pittsburgh area and as the snow falls, the countdown to sunny days and stylish sunglasses begins. Don’t let the cold and overcast weather trick you. Those sunglasses are just as important in the winter as they are in the summer season. At Dittman Eyecare we have put together four helpful tips to help you protect your eyes during the winter.
Wear Your Shades
Although the cold weather makes it feel like the sun is nowhere to be found, the damaging UV rays are still a danger in the winter months. No matter the time of year, UV exposure can make your eyes more susceptible to eye-related issues including:
• Retina diseases (such as macular degeneration)
It is essential to look for sunglasses that block 99 percent or more of UVA and UVB radiation. A wraparound style will help to filter out as much visible light as possible.
Wear a Hat
Aside from keeping your head warm and cozy during the cold winter months, they can also work to block your eyes from UV exposure. Whether you are shoveling the driveway or running errands, it is essential to wear a winter hat with a board brim to help protect your eyes and your skin from the damage of UV rays.
Manage Your Dry Eyes
Indoor furnace heat, cold winds, and overall seasonal dry air can irritate eyes, especially in the wintertime. Consider keeping moisturizing eye drops in your purse or pocket, so you have them handy to help with your seasonal dry eyes. Eye drops will help your eyes feel better, keeping them lubricated and comfortable during the winter months.
Even in the winter, it is important to apply sunscreen to your face, neck, and eyelids when getting ready to head outdoors. Be sure to select a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 or higher and apply the sunscreen at least a half an hour before going outdoors.