Most people equate sunglasses with the long, hot days of summer. Whether you are partial to the Neo Sunglasses, Morpheus Sunglasses, or Agent Smith Sunglasses, the rays of the sun peak during the summer months. Therefore it is easy to see why wearing sunglasses – Matrix Sunglasses or otherwise – is critical during this time. But what many people do not understand is that wearing sunglasses offering UV protection is just as important in the winter as other times of the year. In fact, in certain circumstances it may even be more important.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but the reality is that UV rays from the sun are strong all year round, even when it is cold outside. This is true even if your eyes are not particularly sensitive to bright light, because in general eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV light than skin. As we’ve already discussed on this blog and elsewhere, continuous unprotected exposure to UV rays can create all sorts of problems such as cataracts (darkening of the pupil membrane which creates a blockage in vision), macular degeneration (cornea discoloration), and even eye cancer. Plus, the skin around your eyes could be prone to skin cancer, especially the eyelids. Thus, no matter what season it is, wearing your Matrix eyewear is critical to eye health.
One very unique issue during the winter months is known as “snow blindness.” This happens when bright sunshine reflects off of snow, creating a blinding effect. Sunlight reflecting off water can create a similar effect, and this type of reflective light can be painful on the eyes. So whether you are skiing, shoveling snow, or hanging Christmas decorations, if there is snow on the ground it is absolutely critical to wear your Matrix Sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Also, most people do not think about this, but if you have kids and they want to play in the snow, you must ensure that they also wear UV-protecting Matrix Sunglasses. In fact, it may be even more critical for kids because their eyes tend to have bigger pupils and clearer lenses, allowing up to 70% more UV light to reach the retina compared to an adult’s eye.
To sum it up, you must wear your Matrix Sunglasses all year long, whether you are a kid or an adult. The harmful effects of the sun are cumulative, so protecting your eyes from an early age is critical. All of our Matrix eyewear offers maximum UV protection, including the Neo Sunglasses, Morpheus Sunglasses, and Agent Smith Sunglasses, so you can wear them with confidence 365 days a year.