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Protecting your eyes this winter

Protecting your eyes this winter

Winter weather brings a lot of our favorite cold-weather activities such as hitting the slopes, show-shoeing and even snowmobiling. Though you might make sure you have your helmet and proper body gear on, what about your eyes?

Between cold temperatures, wind and snow, winter weather can do a number on your eyes — that’s, of course, when you don’t protect them.

So, if you are playing a game of ice hockey or spending the day hunting, here’s what to keep in mind when it comes to your eyes:

Don’t Forget the Sunglasses

It’s very easy for us to think of sunglasses as a summer accessory, but they should be part of your attire year-round. Doing so will ensure your eyes are protected from UVA and UVB rays — especially on snowy days, when the sun reflects off the snow.

Without protection, you risk damaging your eyes and developing a variety of eye problems. Not to mention, the irritation of squinting all day long can put a tremendous amount of strain on your eyes. So when in doubt, bring your shades out!

Always Wear Goggles

There are a multitude of winter sports that require gear, and for many, goggles are a must. With individual sports such as skiing and snowboarding, the right pair of goggles can ensure you stay safe from the sun’s rays while keeping your eyes protected from the wind.

Dry Eye Prevention

Not only can your sunglasses and goggles prevent you from UV and wind damage, but they are also a great way to stop dry winter eyes, too. Try to find a good pair of protective shades that wrap around your face to get maximum protection from the wind.

If you do find yourself experiencing mild eye irritation or a winter sports injury, the Walk-in Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming, is here to help. We can provide you with the personal and quality care you need. Save your spot in line or walk-in today! Learn more at www.cchwyo.org/wic.