The solar eclipse has brought some serious awareness to eye care. We all know that summer means sunglasses but what about winter? According to top docs, snow blindness is a real thing!
So how does this happen? Photokeratitis or ultraviolet keratitis, is a painful eye condition caused by exposure of insufficiently protected eyes to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Basically it is inflammation of the cornea caused by a sunburn of the eye- or more specifically, sunburn of the cornea. This is the reason we can’t look directly at the eclipse. But direct sunlight can also cause photokeratitis – and the reflection of sunlight off of snow and ice – snow blindness- can be just as detrimental.
In the winter, the sun sits lower in the sky and at a different angle than in the summer months and can provide more exposure to UV rays. In fact, snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s ray. This is why it is so important to protect eyes with sunglasses during all months- including winter. How can you achieve this and make sure you have the proper eye wear? Go to Real Shades and pick out glasses for the entire family.
Real Shades is a company that designs eye wear for kids that offer 100% UVA/UVB Protection and can fit toddlers 2+, kids 4+ and youth 7+ and feature Shatterproof Polycarbonate Lenses. They also have glasses for adults.
I go through a pair of sunglasses about every 18 – 24 months as I wear them year round and for me this means at the barn and at horse shows. I’ve had my share stepped on by horses, lost, or just plain worn out. I’m picky about the glasses I wear as I am prone to headaches and tend to wear by glasses even when there is significant cloud cover.
Real Shades are amazing. They fit well and don’t discolor your surroundings like some glasses. I even had a pair knocked off my head (yes, I had them propped on the top of my head in the barn) and they were fine after landing several feet away on the concrete. These glasses are made well and are durable I’ve got a feeling they will be lasting much longer than my normal record of 18 – 24 months. I encourage you to check out a pair for everyone in the family!