Some people think that dreary weather and cloudy skies means that no eye protection is needed, but that is blatantly wrong. Even in cloudy conditions or in the snow, protecting your eyes is important. Some of the worst sunburns occur in snow, where the light reflects off the ground, or in overcast weather, when most people don’t realize that UV-A and UV-B rays will affect them. Snowblindness and cataracts are two problems that can arise from your eyes being exposed to UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses that prevent your eyes from being exposed to dangerous rays are one of the most important pieces of gear you can purchase for winter sports. Remember, in the mountains, where it typically snows, you are closer to the sun and here is less atmosphere protecting you from the sun. Sunburns, both on your nose and your eyeballs, will ruin your experience. So, take precautions and make sure you’ll have a great time on your next winter vacation.
General Activities: Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes from ultraviolet light during most activities, or just spending time outside in the winter. Make sure to find sunglasses with good protection (UV-A & UV-B). Consider purchasing polarized lenses, which will help cut the glare on water, ice, or snow.
Windy conditions: For windy conditions in the winter, get sunglasses that wrap around and keep the wind from blowing in through the sides. Especially in cold weather, the wind will make even the toughest adventurer’s eyes water, making it more difficult to see. Wrap-around sunglasses come in a variety of styles and lens colors so choose the one that fits your face and doesn’t leave much room for a breeze.
Snow Conditions: In the snow, goggles work best for skiing, snowmobiling, and any sport where you travel at high speeds. For most other sports, such as Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, or running, wrap-around sunglasses are the best choice.