Learn how to protect your eyes from snow blindness

While it was looking like old man winter had spared Kentucky this season, he reared his ugly, cold self in a major way last week. The state was covered in 8-12″ of snow, accumulating ice, and record-setting cold temperatures. Now that the falling snow has exited the area, we have bright sunny days. It might look beautiful outside, but the frigid temperatures are still around. Whether you are taking advantage of a nearby ski slope or just walking inside to work, you might notice that the sun seems even brighter than usual. While we always push the importance of wearing sunglasses that block 99 percent and higher of ultraviolet (UV) rays, it is even more important now with the snow and ice on the ground. If you are outside during your normal daily routine wear your sunglasses and if you are skiing wear goggles that not only block those dangerous rays but also will protect you from dry, freezing wind.
There is actually a condition called Snow Blindness which is a painful eye condition caused by exposure to UV rays reflected from ice and snow, particularly at high elevation. To learn more, please check out this article courtesy of our friends at EyeSmart.

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