Wearing sunglasses everyday can help protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that creates cataracts. People remember to wear their sunglasses during the summer, but often forget about the winter.
Choose sunglasses or goggles that offer 99 percent or greater UV protection. Frame styles that wrap around the sides of your head or just have large eye coverage will protect your eyes, eyelids and the sensitive skin around your eyes, which are common sites for skin cancers and sun-induced aging.
Also, winter sports enthusiasts are at increased risk for UV over exposure . The combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow puts skiers and snowboarders at an increased risk of sun damage, and ultimately skin cancer. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. Be sure to protect your skin by reapplying sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher.