Last updated: February 19. 2014 1:34AM - 655 Views
By Erin Rovin Weekender Correspondent



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Primitive sunglasses have been around since 60 AD. It’s said that the Roman Emperor Nero watched the gladiators throw down while looking through two emeralds. We’ve come pretty far from holding rocks up to our eyes, but some of us are still not using sunglasses during the winter months. Come on, guys!


Most of us don’t think about the importance of sunglasses in the winter. When we think of shades, we think of the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” cat eye or the oversized Jackie O’s. We think about going to the beach or lounging in the pool. But UVB rays aren’t seasonal. UVB rays are the dangerous ones causing a truckload of problems for your eyes. UVA rays are not as harmful and are the ones most absorbed by the eye, but doctors still recommend avoiding them. Bottom line: sun damage doesn’t take a vacation, so please take precautions.


Those giant snow piles are reflecting most of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays right back at you, and eyes that go unprotected enough times can form cataracts and cancers. Also, all of that squinting will lead to crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eye area), and UV rays will eventually cause sunspots and discoloration to appear on the skin. Most of the time, these stubborn spots can only be removed with expensive laser treatments. Harmful rays can also cause macular degeneration, which can lead to the loss of eyesight.


Did you know you can get sunburn on your eyes if not protected? The medical term is photokeratitis. This condition usually lasts no more than two days and can cause the sensation of sand in the eye or blurred vision.


Did I convince you yet? There are tons of glasses in different styles, materials, and lense types to choose from. Polarized glasses cut down on harsh glares while rose-colored lenses can help with snow reflections and are great for driving or low light conditions. Yellow lenses are best for outdoor and low light, and brown, green, or gray are great for everyday use, providing protection without distorting natural colors. Plus, new spring accessories are coming out and designers are coming up with some very cool options to keep you peepers in great shape.


Whatever you do…


• Stop in to LensCrafters in the Wyoming Valley Mall or Visionworks in the Viewmont Mall for a huge selection of sunglasses and a knowledgeable staff.


• Shop online at sunglasshut.com.


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