Even though Summer is over and Winter is officially here remember that you still need your sunglasses! Biting winds and frigid rain, snow and sleet are on their way. You would never even contemplate of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in overcast weather; nevertheless surprisingly, a lot of people leave their sunglasses at home. Although many of us aren’t thinking about the glaring sun during times that we are battling the bitter winter climate, the sun’s rays are still a present danger during the winter months, and in certain circumstances can be even stronger.They don’t call it a “winter wonderland” for nothing. Particularly following a snow storm, the blanket of snow covering the world around you, actually intensifies the reflection of the sun. In fact, it can downright hurt your eyes when you first leave the house after a heavy snow. The ultraviolet sunlight that many of us are so careful in avoiding in the summer can really be more hazardous in the winter months because it reflects off the snow or ice, giving you a double dose of exposure. This is why a sturdy pair of sunglasses is an essential winter accessory. Although it’s important to pick a style you look good in, the most important part of deciding upon a pair of sunglasses is being certain they provide adequate protection against UV. Be sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by checking for confirmation that they are labeled UV 400 (this means they block all light with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers, which includes both UVA and UVB rays.) Don’t worry, proper sun protection isn’t necessarily expensive. Dozens of inexpensive options exist that still provide complete ultraviolet defense. Another important consideration in picking the right sun wear is frame size. You will have the most protection when your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Wrap around frames will also prevent UV waves from entering through the sides. If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, it’s important to know that ultraviolet rays are more powerful at higher altitudes, so be particularly sure to keep your eyes protected on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it’s a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes. Make a point to be in the know about proper eye protection all year long. Don’t leave home without your shades!