Sunglasses go hand in hand with hot weather. Besides shielding the eyes from harmful UV rays, they hold massive fashion and cosmetic transformational power. They refine image, style, and confidence. From hiding wrinkles and preventing further wrinkling to covering fine lines, dark spots, tiredness, and patches, shades are a true form of escapism that lives up to its hype.
But what exactly changes during cold weather? Starting from the obvious to the least noticeable, the scorching sun disappears especially in the afternoons and evenings ushering in cold chilly days that call for complete wardrobe overhaul. Trendy sunglasses, sun hats, summer dresses, colorful linen pants, and other forms of clothing that nurture the relaxed spirit of the summer are sent parking. Boots, trench coats, scarfs, and heavy sweaters are picked from where they were dropped during the previous cold season.
As the cycle of nature unfolds, days of heavier clouds and less sunshine gleams increase. Heavy rains begin to fall and in some parts of the world, it gets snowy whereas trees and plants dress up for the change. All in all, the cold season runs deeper than meets the human eye. Vast scientific research indicates that the sun rays do not undergo significant changes with varying weather conditions. The angle at which the sun sits in the sky during cold seasons exposes the human eyes to risks of developing cataracts, dry eye, eye cancer, and macular degeneration.
In a study conducted by Walsh (2009), it was revealed that recurrent cases of dry eye disease are linked to changes in environmental and weather conditions. The signs and symptoms of dry eye are more dominant during extremely hot and cold seasons. The statistical data showed that 34% of the respondents experienced aggravated dry sensation during cold weather.
This and other studies are enough proof for the value of sunglasses during cold weather. Mirrored polarized sunglasses are particularly fundamental because of their dual functionality. They offer protection form UV rays and block glare at the same time. Do not restrict the use of sunglasses to hot sunny days. Always carry a pair with you wherever you go.
Walsh, K. (2009). UV radiation and the eye. Optician, May, 26-33.