We often think of sun exposure as being an issue in the summer, but wintertime can just as, if not more dangerous for your eyes. UV light exposure can damage your vision and is associated with various cancers and serious eye health concerns.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, harsh UV light strongly reflects off of the snow and can become more dangerous at higher altitudes.
One of the best defenses to protect your eyes this winter is a quality pair of polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses change the shape of the light waves that enter your eye and greatly reduce harmful exposure. They also make it much easier to see clearly on bright winter days so you can navigate safely during your winter activities.
Here are my choices for the best sunglasses to protect your eyes this winter.
Costa Del Mar Blackfin Sunglasses
If you are on the more active side during your winter activities (e.g. playing hockey, skiing, etc.), these sunglasses feature tight-wrapping arms to prevent slippage. They also have an adjustable temple so you make sure the fit is just right.Buy Now
Wiley X Valor Polarized Sunglasses
These shades are for the extreme speed demon who enjoys versatility. The Valor sunglasses include shatter-proof, high-velocity rated lenses and are a great option for skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers. You can also easily swap out lenses to choose the right shading for your specific lighting conditions.Buy Now
Maui Jim Kaupo Gap Sunglasses
For a sleek look during leisurely winter walks, look no further than the Kaupo Gap sunglasses. See brighter, more vivid colors and scenery with Maui Jim’s PolarizedPlus2 technology. The lightweight frame also makes them extremely comfortable to wear all day long.Buy Now
Oakley SI Speed Jacket Sunglasses
The glare off of the snow can be tricky for sport shooters in the winter. These sunglasses were designed with law enforcement in mind and feature ultra-safe lenses along with Oakley’s patented High Definition Optics technology to virtually eliminate glare. In addition, the arms are thinner to allow a more comfortable fit with ear protection.Buy Now
Knockaround Premium Sunglasses
If you’re anything like me, a pair of sunglasses doesn’t last very long. I’ve accidentally smashed them, dropped them in a lake, lost them on a skit lift, scratched them on a rock face, etc. A budget-friendly choice can reduce the pain of another pair of lost/damaged/ruined sunglasses.
Although budget-conscious, these Knockaround sunglasses still feature a classic design, polarized UV protection, and impact-resistant lenses.Buy Now
Maui Jim Koki Beach Sunglasses
The Koki Beach sunglasses offer superior flexibility in a nylon frame to reduce breakage potential. Go with the natural gray lens option for winter to provide optimal contrast in intense, direct light conditions.Buy Now
Wiley X Vallus Sunglasses
What makes these shades so unique is the polarized crimson mirror lenses they use. While offering 100% UV protection, they also only allow 15% light transmission. This makes them ideal for ultra-bright conditions, such as a full sun day on a snowy mountain or frozen lake.Buy Now
For a full range of eye protection options, check out our huge selection of sunglasses!