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Yep, that's correct. Sunglasses are not only an important accessory in the summer. While many of us are informed of the damage the sun presents to our eyes in the summer, we don't all realize that we need to take precautions in the winter as well.

In reality, those ultraviolet rays that shine down on you during the summer months still exist in the winter. And they still threaten your eyes' safety, particularly when bounced off a bright snow-covered ground. Those of you who love get-aways that include skiing and snowboarding should be extra cautious if you plan to spend a long time in the bright reflected sunlight which can be harmful to the eye. It's crucial to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays.

So what steps should you take to protect your eyes in the winter? Optometrists recommend using sunglasses with strong UV protection, so ensure that you invest in a durable pair of sunglasses because you'll wear it the entire year. Select a pair that you find fitting and completely protects your eyes.

You will immediately discover that there is a plethora of decisions to be made when it comes to choosing the best pair of sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, style, color and design, there are many lens technologies that have been developed to create more options for your sunglasses. If you are active in snow and water sports, you might want to opt for polarized lenses which minimize reflected glare. Gradient lenses are tinted only at the top of the lens to protect your eyes from sun coming from above which can be useful when driving. Speak to an optician to find out more about the various lens options on the market and which optimally fit your needs.

This winter make sure you sport your shades... you will see the difference.