Why You Need To Wear Sunglasses In Autumn & Winter

Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses are not just for Spring and Summer. Just because the hot days are disappearing and there’s a chill in the air, that doesn’t mean that the sun isn’t shining.

UV Levels can be extremely high during the cooler seasons, and it is imperative to wear sunglasses to keep those damaging rays at bay.

Think about it: you are protecting your body by wrapping up in warmer clothes and water tight boots, so why neglect your eyes?

We have put together our top reasons why you need to wear sunglasses in Autumn and Winter.

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1. Snow Blindness

Did you know that snow can reflect up to 85% of the sun’s rays?

Snow blindness is a painful (if temporary) condition where the cornea of the eye is actually sunburnt by the sun’s UV rays.

Despite the name, this can occur without any snow, but the white reflective surface of the white stuff makes it a lot more likely.

You can lose vision for a period time, and once it occurs it is too late to stop it.

Prevention is definitely better than cure.

If you are going to be in the snow at any point this season, make sure you take some sunglasses with you.

The Bolle Highwood are a fab option if you are going to be active in the snow.

They feature a soft grip material which will stop them sliding off your face and a wraparound style for a great field of vision.

 Bolle Highwood
Bolle Highwood

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2. Rain Glare

Much like snow, sunlight can glare off of wet roads and buildings.

Obviously, during Autumn and Winter the likelihood of rain is a little higher.

This is especially important when driving on wet roads.

Not only does glare make visibility difficult, it can also give you headaches from squinting and straining to see where you are going.

Your best bet is to keep a pair of sunglasses in your car for this exact moment – it is not worth risking yourself and other road users.

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3. Sunset Earlier

When the sun sets, the sun is obviously lower in the sky.

Therefore, it is actually closer to your eye level than during the middle of the day.

This means you are more likely to be looking directly at it or at least driving towards it.

In the UK, the sun can set as early as 4:30pm, and therefore potentially around the time you are driving home from work or from picking the kids up.

If you are driving towards a sunset, visibility will be difficult and you will be putting your eyesight at risk.

The same goes for sunrise too, as the sun will come up a lot later than in the summer months.

Grab some of the Savannah 8121 – Tortoise (Sunglasses) for an affordable and stylish piece of eyewear to protect you from those rays.

 Savannah 8121 - Tortoise (Sunglasses)
Savannah 8121 – Tortoise (Sunglasses)

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4. Protect From The Elements

In Autumn and Winter, there is a great chance of snow, rain, and wind, and sunglasses can actually act as a barrier to these elements.

With the increased wind strength, there is an increased risk of debris, dust, and snow getting blown into your eyes.

Chilly winds can cause eye dryness and redness, and wearing sunglasses is the best way to deal with this problem.

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