Keeping Your Eyes Safe on the Slopes!
We all know how important it is to protect our eyes when we’re out in the sun, but can often forget the risks associated with UV light and snow. UV rays reflected on snow can be much more powerful than rays reflected on other surfaces, so we’ve put together 5 tips to help you make sure your eyes are looked after if you’re hitting the slopes this year!
- Goggles over glasses
Whilst many people prefer sunglasses, particularly during the warmer seasons, they may not provide sufficient all round protection. Goggles will provide you with better all-round protection from bright light and harmful rays, especially if the weather is cloudy, snowing or foggy.
- UV Protection
Whatever you choose, make sure your eyewear provides you with 100% protection from UV rays. Any eyewear you purchase should also meet the safety standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013 and have a CE mark – proof that it meets European safety standards. Overexposure to UV rays in some cases can cause short term sunburn to the eyes and temporary sight loss. In the long tem, UV rays can cause damage that leads to cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Keeping kids’ eyes safe
Children’s eyes are up to 70% more receptive to UV light as they develop, so it is especially important to ensure young eyes are protected in the snow. The damage from UV exposure can build up over time and is one of the main risk factors of age-related macular degeneration,the leading cause of sight loss in the UK.
- Pick the right tint
When choosing your new ski goggles, the lens you choose can impact your vision as a result of the conditions you’re out in. Tinted lenses in dark colours such as grey or brown are great options for bright, sunny days. For days where visibility may be poor, pink, green or yellow lenses will aid your vision. For depth perception, amber lenses are usually recommended as they emphasise shadows making bumps easier to see.
- Reduce glare
Polarised lenses are perfect for bright sunny days, as they can reduce glare from the surface of the snow with a special filter that blocks intense reflected light. They also improve contrast in your vision, reducing eye strain and making it easier to see. However, they can make things appear darker than they are so they may not be suitable for low light conditions.
Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, or trying something a little different, if you’re hitting the slopes this year make sure to keep your eyes safe! If you’d like to know more, find your local KODAK Lens optician here.