How to keep your eyes safe while on the slopes

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50555697_MHitting the slopes this winter? If so, make sure to keep your eyes safe all season long. Winter sports are a lot of fun, but if you don’t take proper steps, they can be dangerous. You probably know a lot of the safety rules to help keep you safe while on the slopes, but do you know how to protect your eyes?

There are three things you can do to help keep your eyes safe while snowboarding or skiing. One thing you should do is make sure you have quality goggles. They can keep your eyes safe from debris while going down the mountain, and goggles with UV protection can help your eyes stay safe from the sun’s rays. You may already know all of this, but don’t forget this on a cloudy day. It can be tempting on days where the sun seems to be hiding to skip the UV protection. However, the rays are out, even if you’re not really feeling them. Plus, the snow reflects these rays and can heighten your risk of damage. Have you ever heard of snow blindness? It’s a real thing. When choosing lenses, you may want to consider amber lenses, as they can assist with depth perception. Keep in mind, polarized lenses are a great option for anyone involved in water or winter sports.

Your next step is making sure you have eye drops in easy reach in case the wind causes eye dryness. You’ll find this to be extra helpful if you wear contact lenses, to ensure your eyes retain moisture and your contacts stay in place.

Your third area of protection comes in the form of a helmet. You may be thinking “but lots of people do winter sports without a helmet or I really don’t like the way a helmet looks on me.” The thing is, helmets can provide extra protection, because let’s face it, although skiing and snowboarding are fun, these sports do come with potential risks. By protecting your head, you also protect your vision. A helmet may not stop you from getting a head injury, but it can definitely lessen your risk and reduce the impact, helping you stay safer on the course. And, if you’re concerned about how it looks, there are a lot of options. You can choose one that fits you as an individual — a helmet that says something about who you are. Once you’ve chosen one, wear it with pride because you’re taking a smart step in protecting yourself.

Make sure you’re staying safe on the slopes. Winter sports are a blast, but you don’t want your fun to end in injury. Keep those eyes safe all winter long. And if you don’t want to deal with glasses or contacts while you’re soaring on the slopes, contact us to learn about LASIK. That way you can have a blast without vision issues getting in the way.

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