Protect your eyes on the slopes

Posted on: 05 December 2018 by 50connect editorial

Are you hitting the slopes this winter? You may have spent the last few weeks checking out the piste or the cheese fondue, but have you fully considered how you will protect your eyes during your trip?

skiing sun glare

Due to the reflective power of snow, ultraviolet (UV) rays are approximately eight times more intense on ski slopes than anywhere else. In fact, snow can reflect up to 80% of light compared to other surfaces!

As you probably know UV rays cause damage to the eyes, which can lead to cataracts and accelerate the onset of age-related macular degeneration.

Here Ultralase share some top tips on how to protect your eyes whilst skiing:

  • Choose goggles that protect your eyes from both UVA and UVB; ideally those that block at least 95% of UV rays. Your usual sunglasses will not be sufficient!
  • Yellow and rose tinted goggles (blue-blockers) are designed to heighten contrast and therefore improve your vision by minimizing glare from the sun. Polarised lenses are perfect to filter out glare and reflected light.
  • We recommend wearing a hat that covers the top rim of your goggles. This is to protect your eyes from the sun rays above your head.
  • For those who don’t get along with contact lenses, it’s still important to wear your glasses under your goggles. It’s a good idea to choose slightly bigger goggles to house the glasses comfortably.
  • Comfort is fundamental with any sport or physical activity. Take your time to find goggles that fit well, so they don’t fall off when you’re executing the perfect parallel turn.


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If you have any questions around the topic mentioned or would like to book a free consultation to check your suitability for lens replacement surgery.

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