If you wear prescription glasses, talk to our Yorktown eye doctor to find out which goggles can accept prescription lenses or to learn about laser vision correction so that you can enjoy winter sports without the inconvenience of corrective lenses.
Goggles are a must for skiing and snowboarding safety. The right goggles protect your eyes from trauma and sun damage, while reducing your risk of accidents by minimizing glare and eye strain. But you don’t want to pick up just any pair of goggles before you hit the slopes. Take some time in advance to choose carefully and you will have goggles that are comfortable and enhance your skiing or snowboarding experience.
Protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays is always important, but it becomes a much more serious issue on the slopes. Snow can reflect more than 80% of the UV that hits it, and most skiing and snowboarding takes place at high altitudes where the sun is more intense. It is a combination that not only causes long-term damage, such as cataracts, it can cause snow blindness.
The medical term for snow blindness is photo keratitis. It is sunburned corneas. It is a very painful condition that can render you blind for a few days. Protect yourself by wearing goggles with 100% full spectrum UV protection, even on cloudy days.
Goggles can protect your eyes in a fall or collision, but if they shatter or break on impact the goggles themselves can cause serious eye injuries. Choose goggles made from impact-resistant materials such as polycarbonate or Trivex.
Talking to Your Eye Doctor
Your Yorktown eye doctor can give you advice on choosing the right goggles based on your unique needs including the need for corrective lenses while skiing or snowboarding. Please do not hesitate to contact the Seeta Eye Centers to learn more.