When it comes to sun glare, winter is one of the harshest times of the year. The lack of tree foliage provides no protection from direct sunlight, the sun shines into your eyes when it’s low in the sky, and sunset coincides with rush-hour traffic. These and other winter glare problems are discussed next:
Direct Sun Glare
When walking or jogging, sun glare is usually just an annoyance but is dangerous when crossing the street. It also hinders your ability to see cars coming toward you when walking on the left shoulder and facing oncoming traffic.
Sun glare is also dangerous when driving. The glare is worsened by your windshield, which scatters the light. If you don’t have protection, such as polarized clip on flip-up sunglasses, you can’t see the brake lights of cars rapidly slowing down. You might turn a corner and fail to see a stalled car in the road. Glare also makes car passing extremely hazardous on two-lane roads. Another danger is not seeing pedestrians crossing in front of you.
What could possibly be worse than the glare situations described above? The same conditions when the road is wet. You get both direct sun glare as well as reflected glare from the road surface. When encountering intense sun glare while driving, you should immediately slow down and use your polarized clip on sunglasses.
Snow Reflected Glare
Although this is less intense than the glare described above, it is uncomfortable and can damage your eyes if they’re exposed too long. This type of glare affects you when doing outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, snowshoeing, or when you’re getting the mail.
In addition to the visual discomfort, you’re also exposed to damaging ultraviolet radiation. In fact, snow can reflect up to 85% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Too much exposure can cause snow blindness, which is painful and causes temporary blindness. Years of chronic ultraviolet exposure can cause vision problems such as macular degeneration and eye cataracts.
In addition to protecting your eyes from blinding glare, polarized clip on flip-up sunglasses provide 100% UV protection. Contact us to inquire about this product or to place an order.