High altitudes and the reflective properties of snow can increase ultraviolet (UV) exposure, so, it’s important that you wear the appropriate protective eyewear when holidaying in snowy resorts and taking part in winter sports.
People with light coloured eyes are most at risk from sun damage, so if you have blue eyes, take even more care to wear protective glasses. And don’t forget your children! Children are even more vulnerable to UV because they have larger pupils and clearer lenses in their eyes.
Goggles offer protection from cold winds, ice particles and twigs and branches, as well as from UV light, so they are a safer choice than sunglasses. Remember, even when it’s cloudy, UV rays are reflecting off of the snow.
If you do opt for sunglasses, choose a pair with that meets BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013, the relevant British standard, or the CE mark, which shows they meet European safety standards. Goggles and sunglasses can be made up to any prescription – ask your optometrist for advice on the best type of eye protection for you.
Always wear goggles to protect your eyes from chlorine and other irritants in the water. You can buy goggles with your optical prescription – ask your optometrist for more information.