Sunglasses are our best friend during the summer. You never leave home without them, and they’re as trusty as your favourite pair of loafers. Once the temperatures start to drop, our sunglasses start to gather dust at the back of our closet. We’re all guilty of doing it.
It’s easy to think that sunglasses are a seasonal essential, but they’re an important part of maintaining your eye health. Your sunglasses are a staple 365 days a year – not just when you’re at the beach. The sun is always there, even when you can’t see it.
At ENEMY, our premium sunglasses offer an elevated everyday style with unrivalled quality and design. They’re an easy way to take your outfit to the next level while protecting your eyes from UV radiation and environmental stresses. Our sunglasses aren’t just for summer. They’re an everyday staple.
If you’ve landed on this article, the chances are that you know there’s more to sunglasses than meets the eye. We’re taking an in-depth look at the 5 reasons why you should be wearing your sunglasses throughout the winter. They’re not just a fashion staple. Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes.
1. Protect your eyes against UV radiation
We all know that we need to wear sunglasses in the summer to protect against UV rays. The sun doesn’t disappear once the summer is over. Long-term exposure to UV rays during winter can be just as damaging as during the warmer months. When your eyes are exposed to UV rays, you’re at a higher risk of cataracts, corneal sunburn, skin cancer, pterygium, and age-related degeneration.
Although 75% of us acknowledge the need to protect our eyes against UV rays, over 31% of adults wear sunglasses while outdoors. UV radiation can result in cataracts forming on your eyes, which the World Health Organization has named as the leading cause of blindness.
Wearing sunglasses in the summer isn’t just a fashion statement. It’s to protect your eyesight for the future. Your sunglasses can also protect the skin around your eyes from free radical damage to prevent premature ageing.
As the sun sits lower during the winter months, UV rays can be even more intense than during summer. With sunlight bouncing off the snow and wet surfaces, it can be a double exposure. Wearing sunglasses in the winter will protect your eyes against the health issues caused by UV radiation while keeping your vision clear.
2. Sunglasses reduce glare from the sun
Most of us keep our sunglasses – or a backup pair – in our cars. Driving during the winter can be difficult, especially if you live in an ever-changing climate. One of the biggest dangers during the winter is the glare caused by sunlight. This glare can make it difficult for you to see the road in front of us, especially during sunrise and sunset.
Glare is more of an issue in winter than in the summer months as the sun is lower and brighter. It’s made more intense by the ice and snow that reflects the sun. Whether you’re hiking, driving, or taking a leisurely stroll, wearing sunglasses can protect you from the sun’s glare and give you a safer journey.
Winter is a popular time for hiking. Whether you’re taking part in winter sports like skiing or going on a hiking trail, the low sun and higher altitude can lead to ‘snow blindness’ and temporary vision loss. Sunglasses are your best friend to protect against the sun’s glare and snow blindness.
If you want the safest car journey possible, you need to be wearing sunglasses during daylight hours. It’s worth keeping a spare pair in your car specifically for driving. Our ‘Enemy 04’ sunglasses are our go-to choice for car journeys with their oversized silhouette and Italian design.
3. Protects against eye irritation
Winter is when general eye irritation is at its highest – from watery eyes to dryness. The cold air causes our eyes to become water, leading to irritation. Sharp winds cause the opposite reaction as they evaporate the protective tear film at the front of your eyes, leaving them feeling dry and uncomfortable.
If you’re heading outside, throwing on your sunglasses can help your eyes maintain their natural moisture and avoid irritation from the cold and sharp winds. The wind can also bring with it dust and debris, which can lead to corneal abrasions and scratches on your eyes. Wearing sunglasses during winter is the best way to protect against this.
Our ‘Enemy 03’ sunglasses are a lightweight oversized style that you can carry in our sleek travel case as you're on the go. Their aviator silhouette gives them extra versatility to work with every winter look in your closet - whether you’re off the clock or heading to the office.
4. Sunglasses reduce headaches and eye strain
If you’re someone who suffers from headaches and eye strain, sunglasses can be a game-changer. Whether you’re in extremely bright sunlight or low lighting, your eyes can become strained by the uncomfortable lighting. Winter sunlight can lead to you feeling like your eyes are squinting, causing eye strain, and resulting in headaches.
Headaches are a common side effect of being out in the sun for too long without protection. If you’re going out on a walk or spending time outdoors, wearing sunglasses can help reduce glare-induced headaches.
5. They're still the best accessory to elevate your look
Accessories are the perfect way to add detailing to any outfit, but nothing beats sunglasses in terms of how much an accessory can elevate a look.
Even in the winter months, a good pair of sunglasses can be paired with those winter overcoats, knitwear and boots. Wearing sunglasses in winter is also a good opportunity to show others you take pride in your appearance and the finer details, as those who aren't as stylish as you don't know the benefits of wearing sunglasses in winter ;)
An investment in your closet and wellness
You can protect your eyes from both eye strain and headaches by investing in sunglasses to wear throughout the winter months. Sunglasses are an investment for your eye health and your closet as an everyday accessory that can become your signature piece.
The best way to protect your eyes is to be proactive by wearing sunglasses 365 days a year. Wearing sunglasses adds an elevated feel to your outfit and is more than just a fashion statement. You can explore our range of sunglasses for men that guarantee compliments here. If you’re investing in one accessory for winter, sunglasses are the ultimate choice.