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Sunglasses: They’re not just for summer!

Every year 3.2 million people go blind from prolonged ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure, and of the 20 million people with cataracts, an estimated 20 percent may be due to UVA exposure. In addition, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice in the winter. This only increases the risk for damage to the skin, eyes and eyelids. In fact, 5-10 percent of skin cancer occurs on the eyelids, and 94 percent of people don’t know UV exposure is bad for their eyes in the winter.

However, all of this damage can be easily averted by wearing polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses provide 100 percent UVA/UVB protection, and unlike regular tinted sunglasses, they also virtually eliminate glare including dashboard glare for safer driving all year-round.

Also, for truly clear vision, consider adding Crizal Sunshield Anti-glare to your sunglasses for even more glare protection on both the front and back of the lenses. Polarized lenses come in several color options including grey, brown, and green, and the lenses can also be mirrored. Polarized lenses let you see the world with greater clarity, truer color perception, and total visual comfort.

Ask your eyecare professional about polarized lenses for this winter.

For more information, contact Personal Eyecare in Sylvania at 419-885-5300 or visit the website at