Here are five tips to help you protect your eyes if you intend hitting the slopes this year:
1. Wear goggles over glasses. Many people prefer to wear sunglasses on the ski slopes but they may not be providing you with sufficient protection. Goggles provide better all-round protection, especially if the weather is cloudy or foggy or if it is snowing.
2. Maximise UV protection. You need to ensure your eyewear provides 100% protection form harmful UV rays. Over exposure to UV rays can cause sunburn to your eyes or temporary loss of sight. Long term exposure may lead to cataracts. Ensure your eyewear comply with safety standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013 and has a European safety CE mark.
3. Protect your children’s eyes. Youngster’s eyes are up to 70% more receptive to UV rays as they grow up so do ensure they have proper protection.
4. Choose the right tint. Tinted lenses in dark colours such as grey or brown are the ideal option during bright and sunny conditions. When visibility is poorer, pink, green or yellow lenses are more helpful. Amber lenses are usually recommended for depth perception as they emphasise shadows, making bumps easier to see.
5. Glare reduction. Polarised lenses are perfect for bright sunny days as they have special filters to reduce the glare from the snow. They also provide better contrast of your vision, reducing the possibility of eye strain.So whether you are skiing, snowboarding or just out for a stroll in the snow, follow these simple tips and make sure your eyes stay safe.