5 Great Reasons to Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Sunglasses Aren’t Just Fun Summertime Accessories

Oakley Sunglasses

Wearing quality sunglasses in the winter reduces the amount of glare and UV radiation your eyes are exposed to.

Okay everybody, let’s see a show of hands: how many people wear their sunglasses all throughout the winter?  While many of you are surely saying, “Well, yeah . . . duh!” others are saying, “What?  Why would anyone wear sunglasses in the winter?”  But as Dr. Ronald Brand from International Eye Care explains, you are actually doubly exposed to UV rays during the winter months — first, from the sun itself; then, from the snow acting as a mirror, reflecting a second dose of UV into your eyes and causing snow blindness.  This makes winter one of the most important seasons of the year to protect your eyes from the potentially dangerous effects of the sun.

#1: Sunglasses Reduce Glare
When wintery precipitation coats every surface in water, snow, and ice, extremely bright reflections  cause glare which seriously impairs vision.  This reflective glare is particularly dangerous while driving, snowmobiling, and skiing.  High quality sunglasses, however, such as Oakley, dramatically reduce glare for safer, more comfortable vision.  Oakley’s polarized lenses are particularly effective at shielding your eyes from dangerous reflections.  With a variety of polarized lens options available, as well as photochromic lenses activated by Transitions®, Oakley is a great choice for winter wear.  Revo sunglasses, featuring High Contrast Polarization, are another brand with excellent glare-blocking capabilities.  Revo’s optics are so clear, they receive the highest possible industry ratings.  

#2: Sunglasses Protect Your Eyes from the Sun’s Harmful UV Rays
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation has been associated with the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.  “First, exposure to UV rays damages your corneas,” says Dr. Brand. “Then, in the long term, the eyes’ lenses develop cataracts.  Everyone’s eyes eventually form cataracts as they age, but the process is accelerated by sun exposure.”  Both Oakley and Revo block 100% of harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC rays.  These brands also offer excellent protection to the delicate skin around the eyes, which helps prevent wrinkles and premature aging caused by UV rays.

#3: Sunglasses Protect Eyes from Wind, Dust, and Debris
Sunglasses create an effective wind barrier, reduce the evaporation of natural moisture, and keep your eyes comfortable.  Wearing sunglasses also keeps contact lenses from drying out and prevents windblown particles from causing corneal abrasions. Close-fitting, wrap-style sunglasses are particularly effective at preventing these injuries.  Some Oakley lenses even have special Hydrophobic™ coatings that repel dust, water, oils, fingerprints, and lotions to keep your eyes safe and your vision streak-free.

#4: Sunglasses Reduce Headaches and Eyestrain
Our pupils control how much light reaches the light-sensitive retina in the back of our eyes.  In dim light, pupils dilate to allow in as much light as possible.  In bright light, pupils constrict to prevent too much light from striking the retina.  In very bright conditions, however, the pupil cannot constrict enough to reduce light exposure down to a comfortable level, and this causes us to squint — an attempt to further reduce the amount of light entering our eyes.  Squinting and the constant constriction of our pupils leads to headaches and eyestrain.  Sunglasses help reduce the amount of light that reaches our eyes, which increases our comfort and reduces the painful side effects of fatigue.

#5: Sunglasses Improve Vision
Our eyes require just the right amount light for good vision and long-term health.  Too little light is as bad as too much.  However, it’s excessive glare that causes light-induced “bleaching” of the retinas and  reduces visual acuity.  Dr. Brand recommends higher-end brands for the best protection and superior optical clarity.  In this respect, nothing beats Oakley’s High Definition Optics®.  “I would say the biggest difference between $10 drugstore sunglasses and high quality sunglasses is the ophthalmic ground lenses, rather than the pieces of plastic you find in cheap sunglasses.  The optic quality and comfort of ophthalmic lenses is so superior, I don’t think people can really appreciate the difference until they’ve experienced it.”

10 Reasons to Choose Oakley Sunglasses and Safety Glasses

Oakley eyewear is synonymous with luxurious eyewear. When well-known people like Prince William and Kate, Jennifer Aniston and even Cyclops (James Marsden) in X-Men 3 wear Oakley sunglasses, a first thought might be that once again the famous are dictating fashion. However, Oakley eyewear is much more than just a fashion statement. The quality and standards behind the product make them worth their price in addition to the fact that there are a ton of options available for anyone to be able to find the perfect safety glasses and sunglasses. In many cases, a person can have one pair of glasses for both sun and safety!

Oakley Fast Jacket Sunglasses

Oakley sunglasses feature cutting edge innovations, such as the Switchlock technology found on the new Oakley Fast Jacket

There are a myriad of reasons for choosing Oakley sunglasses and safety glasses. The features needed in a good pair of sunglasses and safety glasses are the same features found behind the name Oakley. Naming every feature available in all the various Oakley sunglasses and safety glasses would be cumbersome for the reader, so research to find the best combinations of options to suit individual taste is key. To help, the top 10 reasons are provided below:

  1. Unparalleled research & technology made obvious by the perfectly balanced 3-point frames that provide stability, comfort and maximum optical alignment. Oakley frames help make vision as sharp and accurate as possible as well as eliminate the pressure points than often come with ordinary frames.
  2. High Definition Optics® (HDO) lenses allow for a clearer, sharper image. This technology also prevents dust or moisture from sticking to the lens.
  3. All Oakley glasses are tested to exceed the most rigorous high velocity impact tests of ANSI. However, only the Industrial M-Frame and the SI M-Frame are Z78.1 stamped for safety compliance. The M-Frames also pass the criteria of Canada’s CSA standards.
  4. All lenses block 100% of harmful UVA, UVB, UVC and blue light. In fact, this protection is filtered into the lens rather than being offered as just a coating that may be ruined over time.
  5. Options like lens and frame color are available with just about every style. Some lines, such as SwitchLock, give wearers the opportunity to change lenses quickly to allow for maximum visibility in a variety of situations.
  6. Available in polarized, iridium and polarized/iridium lenses. Polarized lenses cut bouncing glare that comes from other surfaces, iridium is a coating that cuts certain light waves and enhances others. The resulting glare reduction makes models like the Polarized Flak Jacket XLJ advantageous for sports such as fishing.
  7. Elegant and fashionable with a wide choice of cuts and styles to suit anyone’s taste. The universal style of Oakley glasses makes them look good on both men and women.
  8. A variety of activity specific models are available. For example, the Fast Jacket line works well for tennis while the Radar Range Golf Specific models are obviously for golfers. In addition, some models work well for any activity, including the Radar XL Blades that have advantages for active individuals from baseball players to triathletes.
  9. Some models offer hydrophobic coating that prevents rain and sweat buildup on the lens. This coating also helps maintain a smudge-resistant barrier against skin oils, lotions and sunscreens, and it even repels dust.
  10. XYZ Optics® extends clarity across lens contours that open peripheral vision and improve side protection against sun, wind and impact in sports such as skiing and target shooting.

Not just worn by royalty and Hollywood stars, Oakley eyewear has also been made well-known by high performers in a variety of sports. Individuals such as Lance Armstrong and 52 medalists in the 2006 Winter Olympics are choosing Oakley not simply because of the name brand but because of the product behind the name. Even the 33 Chillean miners rescued after spending 17 days trapped in a mine in 2010 were given Oakley Sunglasses to protect the miners’ eyes since “medics [had] warned of damage to the miners’ retinas when they reach daylight after so long underground.” Add to this the fact that Oakley is worn by many military personnel, and it becomes clear that Oakley is a brand seen around the world not simply because of fashion but because of quality and attention to detail as the above features prove.

Oakley sunglasses and safety glasses are worth the investment of time to investigate the many options available and of finances to ensure you are receiving the best protection possible for your eyes.

The Right Sunglasses Could be a Life-Saver this Fall

Windshield Glare While Driving

Polarized Sunglasses can reduce dangerous glare while driving.

Let’s be honest. We all love the way we look and feel behind the wheel when we’re wearing our favorite pair of shades. It’s pure Americana. Ever since there have been hot cars, there have been cool sunglasses. So good news. Especially at this time of year, wearing sweet “sunnies” is more important than ever. In fact, your sunglasses could save your life.

The fall equinox is a particularly problematic time of year for drivers. With the glaring sun blazing at eye level through our windshields, commuters who must travel east in the morning are forced to battle more than just rush hour traffic. They’re literally faced with the blinding sun as well. Enduring a glaring, westward commute home in the evening is equally stressful.

This happens every autumn as the nights grow longer and the days grow shorter. On September 23rd—the fall equinox—day and night will be exactly 12 hours each, challenging drivers twice daily to make out traffic signals, signs, pedestrians and other vehicles against a backdrop of dazzling sunlight. That’s when it becomes more important than ever to remember the best strategies for safe driving.

Strategies for Safe Driving in the Weeks Surrounding the Fall Equinox
Motorists shouldn’t feel helpless against the powerful rays of the sun. Police offer the following tips:
  • Invest in a pair of quality sunglasses with polarized lenses and good coverage. Polarized lenses help reduce glare from the road, windshield, cars, and other reflective surfaces. For optimal safety, polarized sunglasses are essential for early morning and late afternoon driving.
  • Slow down. If you can’t see well, decrease your speed, giving yourself added reaction time.
  • Increase your protective zone of safety by maintaining a greater distance than usual between you and the car ahead of you. Cushion yourself by following at a safer distance.
  • Keep your sun visor free of loose objects such as papers, CDs, small electronics, cosmetics, etc. They can cause a major distraction when quickly flipping down your visor, only to have a cascade of miscellaneous items fall into your lap and down around your feet.
  • Keep your windshield clean, both inside and out. This will help eliminate glare caused by the buildup of dirt and chemical film on the glass. If you rub a clean finger across the inside of your windshield and see a smear, you’re past due for a good cleaning. And always make sure your windshield washer fluid is full.
  • Don’t drive with a cracked or pitted windshield.
  • Avoid driving east during the morning hours and west during the evening hours unless you absolutely have to.
Polarized Sunglasses: Your Best Protection
Of all these safety strategies, the most effective is a pair of polarized sunglasses that reduce the glare caused by long, flat surfaces such as your car’s hood and the road.  Glare occurs when light waves are reflected off these horizontal surfaces. Polarized lenses block this reflected glare. The special polarized film used on these lenses contains horizontal filtering strips that act like Venetian blinds set at a specific angle to filter out 99% of the light waves that cause glare. By wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses, not only will you notice better clarity and color, but you’ll experience reduced eye fatigue as well.
Revo Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized Sunglasses like the Revo Overhang greatly reduce glare and help increase contrast and depth perception.

The gold standard for polarized sunglasses are those with both polycarbonate lenses and UV protection. Polycarbonate lenses are up to 35% lighter and thinner than plastic lenses, they offer the best impact resistance of any lens material, and they’re best at reducing glare from water, sand, snow and highway pavement—all of which can cause temporary sun blindness, eyestrain, headaches, and impaired night vision. UV protection comes from an invisible chemical applied to the lenses. Opticians agree that polarized lenses with UV ray protection are the best sunglasses for driving because of their superior glare resistance. Brands such as Oakley, Revo,  Wiley-X  and Edge Eyewearoffer several styles of sunglasses available with polarized lenses.

Every driver knows how important it is to pay close attention to the road, but the blinding sun, whether it’s rising or setting, is no help during the weeks surrounding the fall equinox. With the sun creating a glare that has the potential to make rush hour even more hazardous than usual, using strategies to reduce your risk of an accident is everyone’s responsibility.