We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the importance of sunwear during summer, but it’s important all year round. Summer serves as a great time to focus your practice around educating patients on the importance of wearing sunglasses. Patients are very receptive to the message as they plan vacations and fun activities for the family.
Sunglasses are just as important in the winter for a variety of reasons. Winter creates a series of hurdles for eye health, including sun damage to the eyes via reflection and absorption of light in snow, the seasonal angle of the sun, and less shade cover.
This blog should help you make the case to your patients about the eye health benefits of wearing sunglasses even in winter.
The sun's seasonal position is important
During the winter, the sun is lower in the sky, creating more high-glare situations. The angle of the sun reflects directly off snow and vehicles, never reaching its peak summer height directly over our heads.
Reflections are dangerous for drivers without the proper protective eyewear. Even the best polarized sunglasses help to mitigate the glare in these situations but come with the downside of making icy patches harder to spot. Still, there are many benefits to polarized.
Check out this free course on the benefits of polarized lenses, available to you via 20/20 Magazine and Hoya Vision Care.