Eye Protection for Sports

Although protective eye gear may not look all that cool when you’re in action on the court or in the field, it often times gets the job done when it comes to shielding those precious eyes from harm’s way.

When it comes to safety in sports, most wouldn’t think twice about wearing a helmet to cushion their head or putting on enough pads and braces to support the bones and the joints. Athletes of all sorts take extra caution to prevent the onset of bumps, bruises, and other unnecessary injuries—so why not do the exact same thing to hinder a scratched cornea, a fractured eye socket, or in more serious cases, a loss of vision?

Aches and broken bones more often than not will heal over time, but any serious eye injury can be detrimentally disabling. Here are some things to keep in mind when getting ready for your next big game.

The Scoop on Sports Eye Injuries

An alarming 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year, according to Prevent Blindness. Even non-contact sports such as badminton sometimes can present inherent dangers to the eyes, which is why hospital emergency rooms treat more than 40,000 eye injuries annually caused in some way or the other by sports.

Most of these inquires, however, can be easily prevented with the use of proper safety goggles such as lensed polycarbonate protectors, or by wearing professionally approved helmets and face shields. It is also important to remember that regular glasses do not and will not provide enough protection for the eyes, since protective eyewear, which is made of ultra-strong polycarbonate, is ten times more impact resistant and does not reduce vision.

Types of Eye Protection for Sports

In order to reduce the risks of hazards such as out-of-control balls, flying equipment, and unwanted pokes or jabs from other players’ protective eyewear should be made a regular part of any sports uniform.

There are numerous types of protective eyewear available on the market with various lenses each with various thicknesses depending on specific activities or special eye conditions. Those with only one functional eye should wear sports eye protectors under their sport face mask (such as a football helmet) for added protection.

Be sure, though, that for ultimate impact resistance, the sports goggles or glasses used are approved by ASTM International and adhere to all sports standards. Sturdy glasses or sunglasses with impact-resistant polycarbonate frames should be used for lower-impact sports such as cycling and running to help protect the eyes.

The Best for Each Sport

If you’re having trouble picking and choosing which exact protective gear to make use of, review the list of sports below to help you choose the best options for protecting your eyes while engaged in each sport:

  • Badminton (sports goggles)
  • Baseball (batting: face guard attached to helmet; fielding: sports goggles)
  • Basketball (sports goggles)
  • Cycling (cycling eyewear)
  • Fencing (full face cage)
  • Field hockey (goalie: face mask; others: sports goggles)
  • Football (face shield attached to helmet)
  • Handball (sports goggles)
  • Ice hockey (helmet with full face protection)
  • Lacrosse — men (helmet and full face protection)
  • Lacrosse — women (minimum: sports goggles; recommended: helmet and full face protection)
  • Racquetball (sports goggles)
  • Shooting sports (shooting glasses)
  • Soccer (sports goggles, eye guards)
  • Squash (sports goggles)
  • Street hockey (goalie: full face cage; others: sports goggles)
  • Swimming (swim goggles recommended)
  • Tennis — doubles and singles (sports goggles)
  • Water polo (swim goggles recommended)

The weather is warming up and everything from baseball spring training to basketball March Madness are in full swing. Stay active this season while keeping those eyes free from harm.

For more ways to protect your vision or to schedule a consultation to help lead towards clearer sight when engaged in sports, contact Laser for Eyes today. You only have one pair of eyes and our goal is to help keep you happy and it healthy!

 

 

 

What to Consider When Choosing Eyeglasses

Different styles of eyeglasses go in and out of trend all the time and this can make it fun but tricky to get a new pair you’ll want to last awhile without looking or feeling outdated. Based on the shape of your face, the color you choose and the price range, here are some tips to help you find the right glasses that will get you lots of compliments while remaining functional and durable.

The Right Glasses For Your Face Shape

Choosing glasses based on your face shape proves to be very important for individuals adjusting to their new glasses and feeling good about the way they fit.

If you have a round face, then choosing the opposite of this, square or very angular shaped rims on your glasses, will balance out your facial features subtly. Pairing a rounder face with round frames tends to make the roundness so pronounced that the rest of your facial features will look washed out or less significant. Balance and proportion are important not only for the body, but also for the face and eyes.

If you have an oval face, then choose frames with a strong, pronounced bridge and that look angular and dramatically shaped. This will add more symmetry for the narrow parts of your face.

If you have a heart-shaped face, then choose eyeglasses that are wider than the cheekbone to strike an elegant, symmetrical facial balance. Round glasses also draw attention away from the forehead if that is a point of self-consciousness for you as it is for many people.

Choosing Eyeglasses Based on Your Hair Color

Your hair and eye color matter significantly when being paired up with the best eyeglasses.

If you are blond, you should first determine if your hair is on the warm tone side or the cool tone side. Determining if you are cool or warm toned is the key to success in choosing your best frame color. Cool blonds have ashy undertones and lean toward the platinum end of the spectrum. Warm blonds look good with tortoise-shell colors and bolder patterns while cool blonds are better suited with black, grey or blue eyeglass frames.

If you are brunette, keep in mind cool brunettes have ashy color undertones while warm brunettes are darker with more auburn accents in their hair. Cool brunettes should pick pink or black eye glasses while warm brunettes are best suited with warm greens or off-white colors.

Redheaded individuals look great with warmer neutrals such as whites and beiges, while those with black hair should look for olive-colored glasses for a striking contrast.

Those with gray and white hair have a chance to really bring a pop of vibrant, fun color into their facial focal points by finding eyeglasses that are red, purple, or other bright energetic hues such as yellows and oranges.

Choosing Eyeglasses Based on Your Eye Color

Although this seems like it would take away from your eye color, a good trick is to keep your eyeglasses in a similar spectrum of colors as your natural eye color. This will actually accentuate your eyes and make the color that much more vibrant and bolder.

For hazel eyes, try amber colors to bring out the flecks of gold in your natural eyes. For brown eyes, consider sepia tones or darker greens. For blue eyes, coordinate with blue and grey shades for your eyeglass frames.

There is no right or wrong color, but following these guidelines will help you stay within the realm of your natural, personal color palette and will make the transition of implementing your new glasses into your wardrobe and routine much easier.

Price Range and Lifestyle

Everyone’s eyes are unique and it’s good to ask medical professionals such as the eye specialists at Advanced Eye Medical about what styles and frames are best for you. Your vision should be kept a priority in your life and finding the best eyeglasses for you can be tough but, in the end, beneficial for your eyes, your self-esteem, and your wardrobe.

Contact Lenses vs. Glasses

Contact Lenses vs. Prescription Glasses: The Choice is Yours

Whether you swear by contacts or glasses, the choice is really up to you. If you’re unsure how to choose, there are multiple factors to consider such as your lifestyle, budget, comfort level, and how you want to look.

Both options are solid and have their benefits and downsides. Every person is unique so there is not necessarily a bad choice between the two.

Gearing Towards Glasses

If you like the look and ease of glasses, then they may be a great option for you. Here are some of the advantages of glasses:

  • Low maintenance and easy to clean
  • You don’t have to touch your eyes like you do with contacts
  • Less expensive long term as they don’t have to be replaced (unless you break or misplace them)
  • Can be a fashionable choice showing off your unique style
  • If your eyes are more sensitive, then they won’t be as irritated as they would be with contact lenses
  • Glasses can protect your eyes from wind, dust and debris

Glasses can be a wonderful choice, but it’s important to consider the cons involved. Here are some disadvantages of glasses:

  • Peripheral vision can be blurry due to the location of where the eyeglasses sit
  • When first wearing glasses, things may appear blurry and they can give you a headache
  • Although some love making a fashion statement with glasses, others feel it may cover up their looks or they don’t like their appearance in glasses
  • If your prescription is on the stronger side, the lenses may be so thick that your eyes look out of proportion
  • Weather can be a real drag in glasses – rain, snow or other weather can fog up your glasses
  • Certain frames can put pressure on your nose or behind your ears, which can be very uncomfortable

Choosing Contact Lenses

Some people swear by their contact lenses. Here are some reasons why contact lenses are appealing:

  • They wrap around the curve of your eye, which helps to see better than in glasses
  • You can use contacts when playing sports or doing physical activity
  • The weather does not interfere with contacts
  • With the latest technology, some contact lenses can correct myopia and give you clear vision the next day

Contacts aren’t perfect and include downsides as well. Here are the disadvantages of contacts:

  • Application can be difficult
  • Contacts decrease oxygen in the eye which can lead to dry eyes
  • If your job requires you to work at a computer, your contacts could make it easier to develop computer vision syndrome
  • The care required for contacts can be high maintenance
  • People who have slept in contacts can tell you how horrible this experience is – eyes become dry, agitated, and bloodshot

If you’re having trouble choosing between the two, there is always the option of using both contacts and glasses. Because there are so many advancements coming out in eye care technologies, some people opt to try contacts and then resort to glasses when they’re at home or doing something low key.

All in all, wearing glasses or contacts is ultimately up to you. However, our staff would recommend that if you need to stop wearing your contacts due to an infection, then having a back up pair of glasses would be of benefit to you.

If you want to ditch the glasses and contacts, our clinic also specializes in Lasik eye surgery. Not everyone will be eligible for this type of surgery, but it’s always a good idea to check in with us and see if this can be an option for you. You can refer to our previous blog post about Lasik for more information, or you can get in touch with our friendly team to book a free consultation.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun

How to Protect Your Eyes from Sun Exposure

It is a well-known fact that excessive exposure to ultraviolet light is damaging to the health of your eyes, and can lead to the development of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and cancer. Prolonged UV exposure can also cause growths to form on the eye, which are difficult to remove. While these conditions may take years for their effects to become apparent, prolonged sun exposure can exacerbate any existing diseases you may already have.

For these reasons, people of all ages need to take precautions when they are outdoors, to avoid putting their eye health at serious risk. Keep in mind these tips and tricks to protect your eyes from the sun this summer:

Wear the Right Sunglasses

One of the most important things you can do to protect your eyes from the elements is to wear sunglasses. But they can’t be just any sunglasses. Make sure that the sunglasses you select have lenses which absorb or block UV light, as this will help to defend against damage to your eyes. To be cautious, you should make sure to wear sunglasses whenever UV light is present, even on overcast days. Fortunately, sunglass lenses come in many different shades and colors, although it is recommended that you use colors such as green, brown, or gray. For extra precaution, make sure that the sunglasses you choose have a tag marked with “The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation” label.

Beware When Outdoors

Keep in mind that direct sunlight isn’t the only threat to your eyes while outdoors. Unfortunately, UV rays reflected off of surfaces can also have very adverse effects to your eyesight. For example, it is estimated that 80 percent of UV rays can be reflected off fresh snow. Adding to this, 15 percent of UV rays can be reflected on dry sand, and up to 25 percent of UV rays can be reflected by sea foam. This is why it’s important to wear a hat with a brim, since UV light is reflected directly into your eyes when you are looking down.

It is also important to note the time of day, and the corresponding intensity of UV rays present at that time. The highest level of UV exposure is during the morning and mid-afternoon, due to the positioning of the sun. This is true for both the eyes and the skin. UV rays are also more intense during the fall, winter, and spring, as the sun is positioned lower in the sky during those seasons.

Schedule an Eye Exam with Dr. Ghosheh

Follow these sun protection tips to keep your eyes working in mint condition for your health and happiness. For optimal eye care, schedule an eye exam with Dr. Ghosheh today and consult his caring staff at Advanced Eye Medical Group.

Tips on Fighting Eye Allergies

Tips on Fighting Allergies from El Niño

Many people suffer from springtime allergies. If you feel like you have allergies that won’t quit, that’s because the El Niño weather pattern has an effect on seasonal allergies.

El Niño is a climactic change in which there is a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures occurring across the equatorial Pacific region. As a result, developments from El Niño include warmer-than-average temperatures across western and central Canada, and western and northern United States. The El Niño weather phenomenon also features a massive amount of rainfall. Weather is one of the main contributors to how much pollen gets produced in the air.

Tree and grass pollen can contribute to red eyes, itchiness, and sneezing, and depending on the severity, you may want to consult a doctor. Otherwise, you can try fighting allergies as a result from El Niño with the following tips.

Rock the Shades

Wearing sunglasses has many benefits that can help with your eye health, and to prevent allergies from worsening. If you wear sunglasses during the daytime, it is a great way to control pollen and dust from getting in your eyes. Plus, it is highly recommended by eye professionals to wear sunglasses during the day as a way to protect your eyes from the powerful UV light from the sun.

Stay Inside

If your allergies are quite severe and all else fails, it’s a smart idea to stay indoors and to avoid the outdoors as much as possible. Even closing the windows in your home can go a long way in preventing an allergy flare up.

Keep It Clean

Cleanliness is key when fighting off allergies made worse by El Niño. Be sure to wash your hands and face after being outdoors, and take a shower before bed so you don’t get pollen on your pillows or sheets, which can cause allergy attacks overnight.

Another great strategy in eliminating allergies is the use of HEPA products. You can add a HEPA filter to your air conditioning system if you have one in place. If not, you can buy a portable one for your home or add it to your vacuum to reduce dust and pollen.

Stock the Medicine Cabinet

These days, there are countless over-the-counter solutions for allergy symptoms. Many brands of antihistamines are available, and if your condition is particularly severe, you can even try allergy shots. When you’re at the drug store, be sure to fill your medicine cabinet with extra nasal sprays and tissues.

We Care about Your Eye Health

When our patients are having trouble with seasonal allergies or eye troubles, we want to help them any way we can. At Dr. Ghosheh Advanced Eye Medical, our staff is knowledgeable in everything related to eye care, and would be happy to talk to you about any questions or concerns you may have. Get in touch with us today, and we will speak to you about your eye care needs.

Do You Need Glasses? How to Find Out

Whether you’re born with eyesight that needs correcting or you develop eye issues later in life, wearing glasses may be the ideal way to correct your vision problem. It is crucial for those who need glasses to wear them in order to avoid serious and long term complications with their eyes. If you think you may need glasses it is important to speak to an eye care professional as soon as possible and get properly examined.

Two main types of vision

Nearsighted: People who are nearsighted have trouble focusing on things that are far away. Nearsighted people actually have vision that is too strong and because of this they can only focus on things right in front of them. This is why nearsighted prescription has minus signs, because your eyesight needs to be lessened in order for you to see objects that are far away.
It is important, especially for children that are nearsighted to have their vision corrected immediately, if not they run the risk of developing lazy eye, which occurs with nearsighted people that don’t get their vision corrected.

Farsighted: Farsighted people have difficulty focusing on things that are close to them. If a person is farsighted their eyes have to work overtime just to focus on things that are in front of them. This can cause fatigue, headaches and nausea.

You need glasses if:

  • You are constantly bumping into things or tripping over things.
  • You are experiencing a lot of headaches.
  • You have to sit too close to digital screens like your modem or TV.
  • You have difficulty reading.
  • You have trouble seeing far away or close up.
  • You have difficulty focusing.
  • You experience fatigue and nausea.
  • You’re constantly squinting or rubbing your eyes.
  • You find driving, especially at night difficult.

You have astigmatism which causes your vision to be blurry. Most people who have astigmatism also are far or nearsighted as well.

It is also important to make sure that your prescription or reading glasses are not too strong for you. Wearing glasses that are too strong can cause headaches, fatigue and nausea. You know your glasses are too strong if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and if you find yourself holding things too close to your face in order to focus on them. If your glasses are too strong it is important to get this corrected right away because wearing glasses that strain your eyes can weaken your eyesight further.

Be sure to have fun while getting your glasses and personalize the frames and features to your liking and specifications. Whether you choose glasses that are shatterproof or glare resistant, you should take your lifestyle and personality into account before making a decision.

Now that you know some signs that you need may need glasses be sure to schedule a consultation with an eye care professional to be properly diagnosed. If you have any further questions about getting glasses, please contact us. And to schedule, an appointment just visit laserforeyes.com.

Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted?

Two of the most common eyesight problems are nearsightedness and farsightedness. Both conditions can cause long-term vision impairment and are considered refractive disorders. Also known as myopia, nearsightedness causes objects that are far away to be viewed as blurry. Farsightedness, know as hyperopia, causes nearby objects to appear blurred. Both conditions, which are very common, are caused by an elongation of the eyeballs, that occurs naturally with age, and prolonged use of the eyes, but also can be genetic among children.

Keep in mind that when you are either nearsighted or farsighted, you are only affected to a certain extent. Because myopia and hyperopia occur on different levels, this will also affect your prescription for either eyeglasses, contact lenses or both. While only a medical professional will be able to determine and diagnose if you are near-sighted or far-sighted , there are ways to tell what your particular refractive disorder you have. Here are the best ways to determine if you are near-sighted or far-sighted.

How To Tell If You’re Near-Sighted

Pediatricians regularly have children read a sequence of shrinking letters off a chart in their offices for this specific reason. You’re probably familiar with this test. These charts are called a Snellen or Tumbling E -chart. Fortunately, the test associated with these charts can be found online, although a medical professional can only make the final diagnosis. If you are unable to determine the sequencing of letters on the chart, in a readable order, it is possible that you have myopia.

How To Tell If You’re Far-Sighted

Determining if you are far-sighted also involves the same method of testing. To test yourself for this refractive disorder, you will need to find an online, sight-testing, chart where the texts in each line appears smaller. An eye with normal focusing ability should be able to read each individual line without experience any blurriness or discomfort. If you are unable to do so, you may hyperopia, and should seek a medical eye exam immediately to determine if you need reading glasses. If you do, a true medical examination will be able to not only determine whether you have hyperopia, but also what strength of reading glasses you will need. Luckily, being far-sighted is the less serious and more common of the two conditions, but both the onset of myopia and hyperopia can be corrected with proper eyeglasses or contact lenses as prescribed by a medical professional.

If you are experiencing any eye-sight issues, feel free to Dr. Ghosheh, today, at 1-888-439-6565. To schedule a consultation, or appointment, go to laserforeyes.com.

Top 10 Questions On Eye Health Answered

As an often neglected aspect of general health and wellness, eye health is essential not only for vision, but also for daily and general activity. Within eye health, lay many misconceptions and unknown factors in regard to eye exams, eye condition, and illnesses associated with the eyes. That being in mind, here are ten common questions about eye health and their corresponding answers.

1.How Often Should You Have an Eye Exam?

According to the American Optometric Association, adults that are aged 61 and above should see their optometrist every year, if they are currently using glasses or contact lenses. However, adults 60 or younger are typically only required to have an eye examination every two years, although their optometrist might recommend a more frequent checkup, depending on the severity of their eye condition.

2.What is a cataract?

Despite being one of the most common eye conditions, cataracts are largely misunderstood, both in how they are acquired and what treatment is available. A cataract is a cloudy film that develops in your eye that prevents light from passing into your retina which, if left untreated, can impair your vision. Cataract removal is one of the most common mandatory surgeries in the United States once the condition is discovered.

3.What is the difference being nearsighted and farsighted?

Also known as myopia, nearsightedness causes objects, that are far away, to be viewed blurry. Farsightedness is also known as hyperopia, which causes nearby objects to appear blurred. Both conditions – which are very common, are caused an elongation of the eyeballs that occurs with age.

4.Do you need a prescription to purchase eyeglasses or contact lenses?

It is necessary to have a prescription when purchasing prescription eyeglasses, and contact lenses, as they need to be adjusted specifically for your eyes and vision. Contact lens or eyeglasses that are fitted incorrectly can cause blurred or distorted vision, infection, inflammation or permanent eye tissue damage if used continuously, which is why a prescription is required.

5.How safe is LASIK eye surgery?

While all surgery necessitates some level of risk, LASIK laser eye surgery is considered particularly safe and noninvasive. Possible side effects include dry eye syndrome, the need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses after surgery, or seeing halos or glares due to over correction or under correction of eye tissue. Loss of vision is also a possible risk, although this is thought to be quite rare.

6.How do you know if you have glaucoma?

Unfortunately, glaucoma is not detectable outside of specialized tests by medical professionals, and will only become apparent once there is damage to your optic nerve. This is why regular preventative eye examinations are recommended, as glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65.

7.Can you develop both cataracts and glaucoma simultaneously?

While cataracts and glaucoma affect different areas of the eye, both can occur at the same time. Both cataracts and glaucoma are onset by aging, although contracting one does not increase your risk to contract the other. However, there are some exceptions, and those concerned should consult a medical professional.

8.Can you prevent hyperopia or myopia?

Unfortunately, neither condition is preventable, although they are both treatable through either prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses or LASIK laser surgery. Both conditions are a result of a defect in the eye, which makes the light entering the eye focus incorrectly. However, myopia can be made worse by intensely focusing on close blurred objects for extended periods of time.

9.What are dry eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that alters the quality, or quantity, of tears that leak out of your eyes. These tears are made up of three different layers that are balance to keep your eyes nourished and lubricated. If anything changes the balance of these three layers, your tears will evaporate too quickly, which, in turn, will cause your eyes to become chronically puffy and irritated. This can be caused by a combination of age, medications and environmental factors. This can be treated by adding artificial tears, other medications, and consuming more water and other nutrients.

10.What is macular degeneration?

While glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65, macular degeneration is the leading cause. Unlike glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration is often slow and painless, and there is no cure, although treatment can slow or in some cases keep the process at bay. Macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, which blocks imaging from the brain to the eye. It is an all too common condition that affects more people than both glaucoma and cataracts combined, and is estimated to affect more than 10 million Americans.

For more information on the health of your eyes or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Ghosheh at, 1-888-439-6565, today.

How To Properly Clean Your Eyeglasses

Through the ins and outs of life, your eyeglasses are likely to get dirty. Whether it’s a night out on the town or a day at work, the turmoil and rituals of daily existence bring on clutter that can leave your eyeglasses foggy and dilapidated. Fortunately, there are many methods you can use to bring your eyeglasses back into a state of cleanliness. Here are four tips you can use to make sure that your eyeglasses are clean at the end of a hard day’s work and ready for use, the next morning.

Rinse your Eyeglasses with Tap Water

One of the easiest and most effective ways to clean your eyeglasses is to rinse both the front and back of the lenses with tap water. This will allow the dirt and grime to dissolve without the need for using expensive cleaners or taking them into an eyeglasses specialist. While this will only remove superficial stains, tap water is typically effective for daily cleaning.

Use a Quality Cloth

When cleaning your eyeglasses, make sure that you use the correct type of cloth. Anything made of tissue, wool, or synthetic fabrics has a strong chance of scratching your eyeglasses, doing permanent damage to the lenses. Instead, use a microfiber cloth, which can remove oily stains and smudges without scratching your lenses. This is because of the tightness of the fabric weave and the soft material that it is made out of.

Wipe Your Eyeglasses Off Correctly

One of the biggest causes of damage to eyeglasses is using an improper motion to clean them, particularly, if you wipe roughly back and forth across the lenses. To clean your eyeglasses most effectively, and avoid doing accident damage to the frames, you should gently wipe from one side of the frame to the other, both on the front and back. Make sure to also clean the hinges, screws and nose pads of your eyeglasses as well, as the oils from your face and wear them down over time.

Invest in Some Eyeglass Cleaning Solution

While tap water will usually do the trick, oils from your face can stick on to your eyeglass frames if you’re not careful. Eyeglass liquid clean is specially made for eyeglasses, and can help you clean the oil stains and smudges off of your eyeglass lenses. While you can purchase eyeglass cleaner at any drug store, you can also make your own by mixing rubbing alcohol and tap water.

It is essential for you to clean your eyeglasses with extreme regularity. Failure to do so will certainly have serious consequences for the state of your eyeglasses. If you have any further questions or concerns about eyeglasses, hygienic and maintenance, you should consult us today for further information.

Eye Protection Essentials for When You Hit the Slopes This Winter

Nothing is more beautiful than the sun peeking up from behind snow-covered peaks. The air is crisp, the powder is fresh, and the slopes are ready. But are your eyes ready? If you participate in winter sports, you undoubtedly check your equipment and your clothing several times before heading out. One of the essentials for winter sports that is often overlooked: eye protection. Proper eye protection will not only keep you seeing clearly, but it will keep you safe and comfortable as you enjoy the winter wonderland.

Why Use Eye Protection?

There are a myriad of reasons to grab some goggles or other eye protection before going to the mountains to play. The first and most harmless reason is to avoid sunburn on the eyes. Eye burn is painful and annoying, and totally preventable.

The second reason is to avoid UV rays getting into the eyes. If you think that UV rays are absorbed by the snow, think again. Up to 80% of sunlight is reflected back by the snow and ice, making sunlight twice as damaging in the winter. UV rays can do more harm than just sunburn, they can burn and damage the retina. This damage can eventually contribute to cataracts.

UV rays that aren’t filtered by the retina can continue on to do damage to the macula, or the part of the eye responsible for visual acuity. This UV damage can cause macular degeneration and vision loss.

Finally, eyes can also be damaged by tree branches or other flying debris. Wearing protective gear over the eyes can prevent these items from doing permanent damage to the eyes. It can also shield the eyes from snow and other precipitation, making skiing or snowboarding much easier.

Good Choices for Winter Eye Protection

No matter your style or needs, there is most certainly a type of eye protection that will suit you.

Goggles

This choice offers the best protection from the sun and elements. Their design shields your eyes in the front and sides. They also help keep your face warm and can prevent frost bite. Goggles come with different tinted lenses, and certain colors work best in certain conditions:

  • Orange and yellow: best in overcast or hazy conditions, make shadows brighter
  • Brown, copper, and grey: best in sunny conditions, make it easier to focus
  • Amber, rose, and red: best in partly cloudy conditions, help emphasize shadows

Many companies offer interchangeable lenses, so you can change your lenses right there on the slope as a storm rolls in. Discomfort can be a concern with goggles, so make sure you try on plenty of pairs that fit well on both your face and your head.

Sunglasses:

Sunglasses are easier to wear and much smaller than goggles, but the downside is that they only protect your eyes from the front. Sunglasses are usually preferred for days with no snow or other precipitation. They are also best in conditions that aren’t particularly cold. When choosing good sunglasses for winter sports, remember that fashion sunglasses won’t do the trick. Look for specialty sports sunglasses with tinted lenses (see color guide above) and 90% to 100% UV blockage. The longer you are going to be on the slopes, the higher the UV blockage should be.

There’s No Excuse for Not Wearing Eye Protection

Good winter eye protection is an essential, second only to a good helmet. Eye protection can be custom fit to you, and prescription lenses can even be made for your eye protection. Eyewear can be found in all price ranges, and are available at many different outlets. Since it’s so easy and affordable to get good sunglasses and goggles, there’s no excuse to not wear eye protection this winter.

Nothing gets in the way of a great day on the mountain like not being able to see properly. If you have questions about finding great winter eyewear, look no further than Advanced Eye Medical. Their eye protection experts can help you find a great pair of sunglasses or goggles. Schedule your winter eye protection consultation today and hit the slopes with clarity.