You may think that since the sun is not as long and intense as it is during the summer months, that sunglasses aren’t quite as important in the winter. However, even on cloudy days in the winter, your eyes and the skin around your eyes can still suffer UV damage. UV damage of the eyes can present as anything from yellowish, jelly-like growths on the white part of your eyes, called pterygiums, to skin cancers or growths around the eyes, to cataracts, to crow’s feet, or wrinkles around the eyelids.

So which sunglasses are the best? No matter what color or style you prefer, you should always make sure the lenses are marked to block 99 to 100 percent of UV rays, or absorption to 400nm (this is 100% UV protection.)

Polarized vs non? Polarization is a helpful addition to sunglasses when you want to reduce glare from flat surfaces. Some good examples of when you would want polarized lenses for better visual comfort would be skiing, fishing, and driving.

What about the color or tint of the lens? This is mostly up to personal preference. However, on cloudier days, you may want to opt for a brown, green, or lighter colored lens to allow for more visible light to enter.

So the short answer is: Yes! Sunglasses are still important in the winter!