Snowsports call for sunglasses as specialised equipment.

The goggles you choose for your snow sports are more than just a style statement–they are an essential part of your equipment. Not only is it important to protect your eyes from the sun and the elements, but even without optimal visibility, your day on the slopes can quickly come to an end due to a valley hidden by glare.

Studies have shown that the powerful sunlight and the extremely reflective snow can coalesce to cause snow blindness in the short term. This temporary problem can be a safety issue right now and cause problems in the future because it can increase your risk of cataracts or macular degeneration, which are caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation, wind, and dry winter air. There is a lot of information about eye burns and how they can hurt your vision for a long time.

sunglasses needed in the snow?

For preventative measures, I recommend polarised lenses that block the glare of the snow and provide optimal UV protection. Polarized lenses are perfect for the sometimes blinding combination of sun and snow, as they reflect off the lenses to increase the precision of vision. The reduction of bright light is just as important for safety on the slopes as other safety equipment. These specialised lenses are now found in many of the most popular brands, making it easier to choose based on style and personal taste.

Some glasses can be adjusted with your prescription so that you no longer have to wear your glasses underneath. Some winter sports enthusiasts find it easier and less bulky to have prescription goggles instead of wearing two pairs. The benefit of this also affects the peripheral view of the slopes and trails. The ability to adjust glasses depends on the strength of the prescription and the curvature of the frame. An optician can evaluate the RX and decide if it will give you the distorted clear view you need or if an insert is a better path to take.

Winter sports eyewear: what you need to know

Another thing to consider when buying snow sports goggles is whether the frame and lenses are less likely to break in a severe fall. You should choose a frame that gives you good peripheral vision and one with vents on the side to reduce fogging. When choosing snow sports goggles, talk to your optician about your hobbies to get goggles that meet your individual needs.

It’s important to follow these strategies for a day of skiing—your protection is key.

For more information about sunglasses specialising in snow sports or winter eye protection for kids, check out the Simon Eye Associates Insights Blog, or make an appointment with an optician today to purchase your ideal sunglasses for your winter outdoor activities.