When you think of sunglasses you may picture yourself on a sandy beach with the waves lapping at your feet and the sun shimmering from the skyline. Sunglasses, for obvious reasons, are quickly associated with hotter months when sunny days are more frequent.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, cold weather gear usually evokes images of hats, scarves, and gloves. But did you know that sunglasses are a valuable addition to any winter wardrobe?

In recent years you may have learned how impactful UV rays can be on the health of your skin and eyes. While sunscreen is a great way to protect your skin, sunglasses offer a shield against the dangerous sunrays.

You may think that the summer is the worst time for UV rays, but in reality “green surroundings only reflect about 6% of light.” When it comes to snow, that amount can go up to nearly 95%

Protecting your eyes is important year round. Investing in a pair of quality sunglasses is a great way to protect your vision from harmful UV rays. Be sure to find sunglasses with UV protective coating and, for extra protection, add an anti-glare coating.

Enjoy the beauty of the winter months and stay safe!