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Sunglasses and Goggles Protect Your Eyes While Skiing and Snowboarding

Updated on August 8, 2016
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Deborah lives in Orange County, California and often writes about the lifestyle and places of interest in Southern California.

If You Enjoy Winter Sports, You Need to Protect Your Eyes from Sun Glare

Any time you are going to be outside in the snow for an extended period of time, you will want to have the right eye protection.
Any time you are going to be outside in the snow for an extended period of time, you will want to have the right eye protection. | Source

Eye Protection is Essential for Outdoor Winter Sports

Having a good pair of sunglasses or goggles is absolutely necessary for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors in the snow, whether they are skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snow shoeing or engaging in similar sports.

When one of our daughters was a teenager, she went on a ski trip with our church. She did not think that the goggles we had purchased for her were "cool," so she refused to wear them. She didn't wear sunglasses, either.

Our daughter stayed on the slopes all day, and didn't notice a problem. She felt absolutely no pain. The next morning, the chaperones noticed that her eyes were blood red. They took her to a local doctor who diagnosed sunburned eyes. She could not go back on the slopes for the rest of the trip, even with goggles, because of the risk of blindness.

With so many fabulous choices in sunglasses and goggles for winter sports, there is no reason why this should happen to anyone. While it may seem stylish to be out on the snow without eye protection, the risk to your eyes is not worth it.

Sunglasses and ski goggles are available from a variety of manufacturers. Be sure to pick up a pair before spending time outdoors with the glare of sunlight on snow.

If you need to wear prescription glasses, make sure you discuss your outdoor activities with your eye doctor. They may have suggestions for glasses that will do a particularly good job of protecting your eyes from sun glare, while providing safety for your eyes, too. For example, if you participate in cross-country skiing, you may want to have safety glasses that will protect your eyes from tree branches and other hazards.

Don't forget that you should also have good goggles or sunglasses, even if you are just going to be shoveling snow or taking a long walk. Your eyes are just as much risk in your backyard as they are on a ski slope ... and you are much more likely to be careless about it in your own backyard.

Safety is Important in Choosing Designer Goggless for Winter Sports

Sunglasses and the goggles can be an attractive way to obtain high quality eye protection while still looking stylish on the slopes. There are choices available for both men and women and all of them will protect your eyes from the bright sun and snow. Many of them are also made of materials that will keep your eyes safe from other dangers on the slopes, as well.

While we all like to look good while engaging in winter sports, the important thing we all need to consider is how well they will protect our eyes. Looking good is not nearly as important as safety.


Sunglasses for Snow Skiing

Having the proper sunglasses is popular with skiers. Many of them prefer sunglasses to ski goggles. While ski goggles provide more eye protection, wearing stylish sunglasses may make you feel more comfortable.

If you decide to wear sunglasses instead of goggles, however, it is extremely important that you choose ones that have been designed specifically to reduce the snow glare and protect you, while staying firmly in place. The ski slopes are not the place to try out cheap sunglasses or use the ones that you typically use for taking a summer walk in your neighborhood.

Sunglasses Designed for Skiing Can be an Excellent Option

Arctic Blue Mens Fashion Sports Wrap Sunglasses - Blue Revo Lens - Fishing, Baseball, Boating, Skiing - Several Colors Available! (Blue - Black)
Arctic Blue Mens Fashion Sports Wrap Sunglasses - Blue Revo Lens - Fishing, Baseball, Boating, Skiing - Several Colors Available! (Blue - Black)

These sunglasses wrap around your face, protecting your eyes from the side, too. They are also very versatile because they can be used for a variety of sports, not just snow skiing. Our family always wears these sunglasses or similar ones whenever we spend time out on the snow. Since our daughter burned her eyes, we are all much more careful and these sunglasses have worked well for us.

 

Goggles for Snow Sports Protect Your Eyes from Branches and Flying Ice Crystals

If you spend a lot of time on the slopes, and particularly if you are competitive or aggressive when you ski, you may want to choose goggles that provide even greater eye protection that you can get from ordinary sunglasses.

The feature that makes goggles appealing is that they have a secure strap that will prevent you from losing them. You can also use the strap to let the goggles hang around your neck when you are inside the lodge. On the slopes, you know that your eyes will be protected from all angles, both from the sun and from branches or ice particles you might encounter on the slope.

Danger of Not Wearing Protective Eye Gear

It is very important that skiers take care of their eyes. It can actually cause temporary or even permanent blindness if you do not wear the correct protective eye wear.

Whether you decide to wear goggles or sunglasses, make sure you wear high quality eyewear that will protect your eyes from sun blindness and from the possibility of getting your eyes scratched from tree branches, especially if you like to ski off the normal, groomed trails.

Cross-country skiers will want to make sure they have protective eye wear, too. They are even more likely to accidentally scratch their cornea on a tree branch. And, of course, the sun glare is also an issue for cross-country skiers.

If you ski frequently or live in an area where you get a lot of snow, you will want to talk to your eye doctor about the best way to protect your eyes when you are outside.

Where do you like to go snow skiing and snowboarding? - Share your fun skiing experiences here.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      What a pretty photo! Sunglasses are always wise no matter the season or activity to protect from cataracts, etc. Is it too late to ski? Not up North I bet. Very useful information to help people choose what is best for them and their families. Pinning this helpful hub to Awesome HubPages.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Having the right eye protection is absolutely essential if you plan to spend much time on the ski slopes.

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      After watching the Winter Olympics, I am in the mood for a fancy pair of sunglasses. Mine are looking somewhat tired by comparison. Got to look the part in case I win a gold medal in 4 years time !!!

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      Jackowacko LM 4 years ago

      I would go for snowglasses where it is almost impossible for the wind to enter your eyes. I really don't like glitter and glamour glasses that look good but aren't cool when you're going fast. I don't like the tears in my eyes due to the wind

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      ian-patrick-716 4 years ago

      I like the yellow tinted ones that pick out contrast

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @CoolFool83: I agree that these skiing glasses look great. There's no reason why anyone should avoid wearing these protective glasses and goggles.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Some cool looking skiing glasses!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @sikiriki: I have skied, and my kids like to snowboard, but I have never learned to snowboard, myself. These sports can be expensive, but we only do it occasionally.

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      sikiriki 4 years ago

      I wanted to learn snowbording but is to expensive to me.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @LornsA178: Skiing is a lot more fun when you have the right equipment!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      I don't ski but our close friends do ski a lot, they travel far where there are a lot of snow. They just love it.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @WriterJanis2: The same is true for us. Although it doesn't snow where we are, we are only a two hour drive to the ski slopes!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      We don't get snow here, but there is a snow park a couple of hours away.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Jo-Jackson: We have a ski area about 2 hours drive away from where we live, too. It is nice to be able to go up to the snow country whenever we want!

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      The Snowy Mountains are about 2 hours drive away. Great fun in winter.