This is a great question and one that we should consider during all seasons (snow blindness is real my friends!). Anyway, before I digress, let’s hit some of our usual suspects and some you may not be aware of:

Sunglasses: This is the old tried and true solution. I recommend polarized lenses and you can get sunglasses with or without prescription.

Transitions: People generally love or hate transitions. If you have a higher prescription, transitions are a great option because sunglasses frames do not work well with higher prescriptions. They still take about 7 minutes to change from light to dark or vice versa. Additionally, they do not work behind the windshield of a car because the windshield blocks the UV that makes them transition.

Transition Contacts: Yes, this is a thing! You need to be able to wear contacts, but it is definitely an option.

Select Traditional Contacts: Believe it or not, some regular contacts block UV. They do not help with limiting the brightness of the sun, but they still protect your eyes.

Crizal Non-Glare: Much like traditional contacts, the non-glare coatings our office uses block UV. They also assist with reducing glare. However, they do not limit brightness. This can be an advantage if you want UV protection but do not want to limit the light that enters the eye to maximize clarity. This is especially helpful in low light conditions.

Hats: When all else fails, a good hat that keeps the sun out of your eyes will provide protection. Now, we cannot assist with this protection method, but feel free to contact our office about any of the other options!