Snow Blindness Prevention

Many people will be heading to the mountains this winter to enjoy hiking, snow shoeing, sledding, skiing and cross country skiing and other outdoor activities and without proper eye protection, they could be at danger of experiencing snow blindness. Just like a skin sun burn, snow blindness may not be noticed for several hours after sun exposure so it is extremely important to protect your eyes when outdoors in the snow or high altitudes. Snow blindness is caused by overexposure to the sun’s rays in snow covered terrain. Snow blindness is literally sunburn of the eyes.  It is painful and dangerous Snow Blindness Symptoms Snow blindness may indeed be as bad as its name implies and lead to temporary and even permanent loss of eyesight, but symptoms may include tearing or watering of the eyes, bloodshot eyes, twitching of the … Read More

Why on Earth would I want to buy sunglasses in winter?

I would! Let me tell you why. Last year I was out in the front yard building a snowman with the kids and my husband took our picture. All 4 of us had our eyes closed. We were squinting because the sun reflecting on the snow was blinding! This year, my entire family is wearing sunglasses all winter long. And what about those times when you’re driving during overcast days and by the time you get home, your have a headache from straining your eyes the entire trip. There are many instances when you should wear sunglasses in winter but you might have not thought you needed them. Sunglasses with amber or “driving” lenses are great in winter because this color lens improves contrast. Let’s face it, unlike bears, we don’t hibernate. We like to get out and about in … Read More