Sunglasses, who knew?

I must admit that I’ve never been a fan of sunglasses. I normally wear a hat when I go outside and thought that was enough. The brim of the hat stops the sun from getting in my eyes.

The optometrist suggested that I start wearing sunglasses to protect my eyes from some of the harmful rays.

She helped me pick out a new set of frames that included a pair of clip-on sunglasses.

So I’ve been wearing my sunglasses for about a week now and I must say that they really work. I don’t know why I hadn’t worn them before.

Benefit # 1 – When driving.

When the sun is low in the sky and the highway seems to be leading directly into it, there isn’t much you can do. I normally lower my visor so I can see the road without being blinded. But now I just clip on my shades and can see so much better.

Benefit # 2 – Snow

In the winter, the sun seems so much brighter. I often have to squint when I’m outside and I never really thought about why. That was until I found out this little tidbit of information.

80% of sunrays reflect off of the snow whereas in the summer only 25% reflect off the water.

I learned that this morning as I watched CHCH Morning Live.

That is why it is more important to wear sunglasses in the winter than it is at the beach in the summer.

2 Comments on Sunglasses, who knew?

  1. Hi Chase .. interesting to know that more sun is reflected off the snow – particularly this year.

    Enjoy your 'new' world and know you're protecting your eyes .. Hilary

  2. Hi Hilary,

    Pretty amazing isn't it? Just to think that I grew up in Canada squinting all winter long when the sun was out and never really made that connection. Duh!

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