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Sunglasses 101: Wear Sunglasses, Even When It’s Cloudy

The sunís harmful rays are way more sneaky than you may think. Able to cut through fog, haze, and clouds, UV rays make overcast days deceiving, and you should always wear sunglasses, even when itís cloudy.

Don’t worry, sunglass manufacturers know this, and they make lenses specifically for low-light conditions so that you can see clearly and protect your eyes, even in overcast conditions.

Here are a few things you should know about wearing sunglasses, even when itís cloudy.

1 | UV Rays Are Like Ninjas

80% of the sunís rays can get through clouds. This depends on the types of clouds and cover. According to the American Cancer Society, some types of clouds can actually increase UV intensity. Cloud science is interesting, but you probably donít have the time or equipment to identify and assess the clouds each time you step outside. UV rays are sneaky devils that can get through clouds, making them easy to foolishly dismiss on overcast days. Donít let the sun’s ninja rays fool you. Wear sunglasses, even when itís cloudy.

2 | Wear Sunglasses, Even in the Shade

Surfaces reflect UV rays, especially water, snow, sand, and pavement. Even if youíre under an umbrella or wearing a hat, you should wear sunglasses. Those shifty rays can bounce off of a surface right into your eyes. Protect your eyes; wear sunglasses, even in the shade. †

CLICK HERE to learn more about why you should always wear sunglasses in the winter.

3 | Change Lens Color as Light Changes

Brands like Tifosi and Native Eyewear deliver sunglasses with multiple lenses that you can easily change as light conditions change.

Native Eyewear Nova Sunglasses - Iron Black Frame - Sportflex Lens
Native Eyewear makes a Sportflex colored lens designed specifically for low-light conditions | Native Eyewear Nova Sunglasses

CLICK HERE to learn more about which lens colors to wear in which light conditions.

4 | Consider Time of Day and Elevation

According to the American Cancer Society, UV rays are the most intense between 10am and 4pm, and more rays reach the ground at higher elevations.

5 | Donít Forget About Your Eyelids

Your eyeballs are not the only things at risk when youíre outside; UV rays can also burn your eyelids. Yikes. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, eyelid cancers may account for 10% of all skin cancers.†

6 | All Sunglasses Are NOT Created Equal

Always read the label before purchasing a pair of shades. If they do not say that they provide at least 98% UV protection, – 100% is obviously the best – then donít buy them. †Stay away from labels that say things like ďUV absorbingĒ or ďblocks most UV lightĒ. Look for a specific rating. Speaking of ratings, sunglasses that provide 400nm protection also provide 100% UV protection.

Costa Del Mar Rockport Sunglasses - Tortoise POLARIZED Sunrise Yellow 580P
Always check the label or sticker to make sure the lenses provide 100% UV protection. |†Costa Del Mar Rockport Sunglasses

7 | Size Matters

It’s true. Always consider size and fit. Some sunglasses may look awesome, but if the lenses do not completely cover your eyes, including the sides, or there is too much space between the frame and your face, then the sunglasses will not be awesome defenders against UV rays. Sport and wrap sunglasses typically provide the most protection.

8 | Polarized Does Not Mean UV Protection

Polarized†lenses have a filter that reduces glare from sunlight thatís reflected off of a flat surface.†Polarization alone does not provide UV protection. †Most quality polarized sunglasses like Native Eyewear, Costa Del Mar, and Kaenon also provide 100% UV protection, but you should always double-check a pair of sunglasses’ UV protection rating, and you should always wear sunglasses, even when it’s cloudy.

CLICK HERE to learn more about polarized sunglasses and how they work. †

 

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Sunglasses 101: The Best Sunglasses for Winter

Unless it’s a blue-sky day, it’s easy to forget to wear sunglasses in the winter. Thatís a horrible idea. Please swear to never, ever forget your shades in the winter again. †Seriously, swear it. †Your eyes will thank you.

:: †Even When it’s Overcast?

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Especially when the sky is overcast. Wearing sunglasses in the winter is imperative because the winter sun sits lower in the sky and at a more harmful angle. †Yikes. Even though it may not seem as intense, the winter sun is often more harmful to your eyes than the summer sun. To add to the mayhem, the sunís rays are like powerfully stealthy ninjas that can cut through haze, fog, and clouds. Donít let overcast conditions fool you. Speaking of ninjas, snow reflects up to 85% of the sunís harmful UV rays. †Alright, that has nothing to do with ninjas, but wearing sunglasses in the winter is kind of a big deal.

:: †To Polarize or Not to Polarize?

Polarized sunglasses don't always help with snow glare. In can sometimes make it worse. Get some non-polarized sunglasses at NativeSlope.com

It all depends on the conditions, so having a pair of polarized sunglasses and a pair of†non-polarized sunglasses†is a good idea in the winter.

When the conditions are super bright, and there is snow on the ground, the glare is intense; however, most of the rays reflected off of the snow are not polarized, so polarized sunglasses will not work. †In fact, they could make the glare worse. Non-polarized sunglasses and goggles are best when the sun is bright, and there is a layer of snow on the ground.

When winter conditions are grey and foggy, polarized sunglasses are ideal because they cut through the haze, especially on the horizon. †That’s because†polarized sunglasses cut horizontal polarized light and glare. †It’s science. CLICK HERE to read more about how polarized sunglasses work.

:: Itís Not Just About The Rays

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General winter conditions can also harm your eyes, and sunglasses can protect you from the following winter hazards:

  • Sunglasses protect the delicate skin around your eyes, which is particularly susceptible to sunburn.
  • Sunglasses protect your eyes from wind, debris, and snow.
  • In colder weather, your eyes are more likely to become dry and irritated. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the elements that cause dryness.
  • Glare causes squinting, which can damage the skin around your eyes and contribute to eye fatigue. Sunglasses will keep your eyes healthier and happier.
  • Sunglasses always come with an element of cool, and who doesnít want to look cool?

 

:: Which Sunglasses are Best in Winter?

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Itís all about the lens. The following lens colors are best in winter conditions:

Grey lenses reduce the sunís intensity without distorting contrast or color. They are great for outdoor activities that require a broad view, especially on blue-sky days.

Amber/Yellow/Brown lenses are good in hazy and overcast conditions because they enhance contrast, which makes them perfect for winter sports and driving.

Mirrored lenses are particularly good when skiing or snowboarding in high-glare conditions. †This does depend on the color of the lenses, as mirrored lenses simply look badass, so some models are made more for looks than performance. †

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