Protect Your Eyes from Winter Rays

Posted by administration on December 10, 2014

winter rays

Your eyes don’t know what season it is.

Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, your eyes need protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Most people recognize the need for sunglasses during warmer months and in warmer climates. However, when the temperature starts to dip, people often assume that eye protection is no longer necessary (or even silly).

Why Winter Shades are Important

  • The sun is positioned at a lower angle in the sky during the winter, so the rays may affect the eyes more directly
  • Fresh snow reflects 80% of the sun’s UV rays, causing extreme glare (dangerous when driving, skiing, etc.)
  • Dry eye symptoms can worsen during dry winter months; wraparound sunglasses or sports goggles may help
  • Overexposure to harmful UV rays can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration
  • Polarized, anti-reflective sunglasses can block 100% of UV radiation (ask your eye doctor for recommendations)

Another Reason for LASIK

If you are nearsighted or have astigmatism, you will need corrective lenses to see distant objects clearly; that means investing in a good pair of prescription sunglasses to wear all year long. The other option is to wear contact lenses with over-the-counter sunglasses. However, dry, cold winter air can cause eye irritations for contact wearers.

LASIK vision correction in Rapid City can make wearing sunglasses in the winter:

  • More cost effective (in the long run the one-time cost of LASIK is cheaper than the ongoing expense of replacing and maintaining glasses and contacts)
  • More fashionable (because of the vast choices that exist)
  • More comfortable (no trying to fit goggles over glasses)

Wear Sunglasses All Year

Back in 1984, Corey Hart hit the music charts with his hit, “Sunglasses at Night.”

While Mr. Hart may have worn his sunglasses in the evening hours, to stress the importance of protecting your eyes against daytime winter rays, we’d change the song to “I wear my sunglasses all year…”

Sport your cool sunglasses all year long. And if you don’t want to invest in prescription sunglasses, consider having LASIK at Great Plains Eye Specialists. Dr. Wright and Dr. Fromm offer free LASIK Consultations to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure and answer all questions you may have. Contact Great Plains Eye Specialiststoday to arrange your appointment: 605-718-5123 or


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