The winter months pose a number of unique hazards to eyesight, ranging from the simply inconvenient to the potentially harmful. Here’s our breakdown of how to tackle them.

Wear Glasses with Polarised Lenses

car steering wheel, dashboard, and windshield looking out onto a snowy bend with street signs

Even though there are fewer daylight hours in the winter, it’s not uncommon to step outside of your house after fresh snowfall and have to squint as you look down the bright snowy street. The sun’s light reflects from the surface of the snow and because of this, the light retains all the same harmful UV rays as direct sunlight, so we’d recommending wearing glasses with polarised lenses, which block these rays as well as reduce glare.

It’s often thought the darker tint of sunglasses is what protects your eyes from the sun’s rays but it’s actually the lenses’ polarised treatment, which means regular glasses can be treated with it too. At iChoose we offer the option of lens polarisation on every pair of glasses.

Wear Larger Frames

pair of black rimmed glasses sitting on top of a dictionary on a wooden table next to a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows in it, three brown and orange glasses arms, leaves, twigs, and a grey woolen bobby hat

Pictured: Denholme Black

It isn’t enough to only wear glasses with polarised lenses. If you want to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays you need to make sure those frames are big enough to cover the entire area of your eyes as well. Tiny glasses might be all the rage but for the winter months, full face frames provide greater UV coverage.

Plus, eyes often dry out or become irritated in the cold, and an oversized frame can help protect them from some of the more harsh elements of the winter climate. We have a broad selection of oversized frames for you to peruse too.

Prevent Your Glasses from Fogging Up

close up of a young woman with fogged up glasses covered in snow with a black woolen winter hat on

We glasses wearers know the pain of trudging through the snow against billowing Arctic winds and upon finding sanctuary in a toasty pub, being immediately blinded as fog clouds our glasses quicker than the stage of your kid’s Christmas play.

While it’s largely just a fact of nature, you can pay for anti-fog treatment with certain opticians, but it can be costly. Day to day, you can mitigate the effects by making certain adjustments. Rest your glasses further down your nose to increase air flow between your face and frames, and then loosen any scarves or coat collars. Heat rises, and it can become trapped between your face and your glasses. The fog should clear up in no time.

Wear Glasses with Anti-Reflective Lenses

dazzling car deadlights at night and in the snow

Anti-reflective lenses are particularly useful for driving in the winter, as they dim the halo effect of car high-beams that are much more prevalent at this time of year. Given the darker mornings and nights, it’s no surprise anti-reflective lenses begin to trend around the autumn. Seeing in the dark is hard enough piling car headlight dazzle on top of it.

It isn’t only night driving either; even during the daylight hours the sun sits low in the sky, perfectly positioned to cut right through the atmosphere and hit you square in the retina. We can equip any pair of iChoose glasses with an anti-reflective coating.

Wear Light Reactive Glasses

woman shielding her eyes from the sun with a car sun visor behind the wheel

If you need prescription eyewear but find the snow to be blinding, a pair of light reactive glasses might be the best option – you won’t need to buy separate prescription sunglasses to dim the snow’s brightness and you won’t have to constantly take one pair off to put another pair on.

Light reactive lenses will transition from tinted to clear depending upon the availability of natural light, so if you’re out and about and the sun is bouncing off the snow or icy puddles and dazzling you, your lenses will automatically tint to take the edge off. The lenses will return to clear once the natural light dims.

If you pair light reactive coating with a polarised coating, you’ll be shielded from the sun’s UV rays as well.

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