Get shady this winter

Do you automatically assume that now summer’s over, you no longer need your specs? Are your sunglasses languishing in a drawer somewhere, waiting for the warmer months?

Most people believe that wearing shades is a summer activity, like making sandcastles or paddling in the sea. It’s easy to think your eyes aren’t at risk when the sun is weaker, as it is in the winter. The problem is that your eyes are always vulnerable to UV light, which is present all year round. UV light is a danger to your eyes whatever the season, weather or temperature.

Exposure to high levels of UV radiation causes major eye problems, like cataracts, or even cancer. Even temporary UV damage is very painful, feeling a bit like sunburn on your eyes. UV radiation can’t be seen or felt, but it still hurts your eyes – and not just when the sun is low for driving. So if you’re tempted to put on your shades, do so!

It’s especially important if you’re heading for snow or water this winter, as UV light and reflections can be intensified in the mountains or by the lake or sea. In fact, did you know that UV radiation goes up 3% for every 400 metres of altitude – even on an overcast day?

If you need advice about prescription sunglasses or how to fit your current eyewear under ski goggles, for example, pop in to see us. We’re only too happy to help you keep your peepers protected this winter.

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