For many people, the Okanagan winter is the perfect season because they can spend time outdoors enjoying their favourite sports. Just as we recommend protecting your eyes with sunglasses during summer activities, eye protection during the winter is vital to the long-term health of your eyes and vision.

Intensely Bright Light

In the winter, the effects of the sun’s rays are intensified because of snow and ice. The reflection of sunlight off the snow can cause temporary “snow spots”—blind spots in your field of vision. Extended exposure to this bright light can cause permanent damage and a condition called “snow blindness”. Investing in appropriate eye protection that blocks harmful UV rays for even short times outdoors will help protect your eyes and your vision.

Jagged Ice and Snow

Whether you’re skiing, skating, snowmobiling, or sledding, your eyes should be protected from the elements. On its surface, snow looks soft and fluffy. The reality, however, is that snow can be sharp and abrasive and even contain pieces of ice, rock, and wood. Without proper eye protection during winter sports, you risk damaging your eyes with that debris.

Drying Effects of Cold Weather

Your eyes need moisture and lubrication to function properly. Your tears allow you to blink, move your eyes, and focus the light entering your eyes so you can see clearly. During outdoor winter activities, your eyes can become dry because of cold, dry air. This is common in sports like skiing and snowboarding because of one’s fast movement through the air. Choosing to protect your eyes with prescription goggles or sunglasses will reduce the drying effects of freezing cold air.

Buy Sunglasses All Year Round

Invest in complete eye protection for your winter sports activities with sunglasses and goggles. To set up an appointment for an eye exam or to inquire about winter eye protection, contact our team at Dr Specs Optical in the Orchard Plaza in Kelowna today!