When people think about polarized sunglasses and sun protection, they often think of summer, hot vacations, or warm weather, but protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays can be as important or even more important in the winter — especially somewhere like Edmonton.
Have you ever gone outside on a bright, sunny winter day and been instantly hit with blinding light and pain? Although the sun is not as warm, the bright, white snow on the ground can act as a reflective surface, causing a phenomenon called snow blindness.
Snow blindness, or photokeratitis, is temporary eye pain and discomfort after exposure to too much ultraviolet (UV) light. It’s like a sunburn on your eyes. It’s usually not serious and will heal on its own within a few days.
Here’s what to look for in a pair of sunglasses to prevent it: