Exposing the Dangers of Wintertime Sun

February 4, 2013

Did you know that your eyesight is actually more vulnerable in the wintertime than in the summer? That’s because when we’re bundled up in our heavy coats and scarves, we don’t think about wearing eye protection.

It may be cold outside, but the sun’s rays are just as harmful to your eyes as when you’re relaxing in a swimsuit on the beach.

If you’re near snow, the sun’s very intense UV light starts to burn the cornea, which can cause a condition called photokeratitis. Symptoms include burning, itching, swelling, and a lot of pain. In essence, it’s a sunburn on your eye, and just like a sunburn, it can take days to recover and cause permanent damage.

Whether you hit the ski slopes, go out for a run or just take a drive in your car, it’s really important for you to protect your eyes. Even if there’s no snow outside, the sun is lower in the sky during times of the day when we tend to be most active.

The best way to prevent photokeratitis is with a good pair of sunglasses. Look for lenses that block 99% of UVA and UVB light. We’re happy to advise you on sunglasses, both prescription and fashion, so give us a call. In the meantime, try to avoid direct contact – wear a hat with a brim, and keep the sun visor down in your vehicle (but make sure you can still see the road!).

Woolf & Woolf Optometrists are dedicated to keeping our patients’ eyes healthy and happy. Our vision is to show you a better world by helping you to see it more clearly.

2446 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122
Tel: 410-255-8056