At high altitude you are exposed to higher levels of both ultraviolet and infrared radiation than found at sea level. These rays can cause severe eye and skin problems if precautions are not taken. A good sunscreen applied regularly through the day will protect the skin and good quality sun wear will protect the eyes.

The high levels of UV make protective eyewear a must for both adults and children and we can supply both adults and smaller / junior sizes for this purpose.

The white snow surface also reflects the bright sunlight to further intensify the glare on an unprotected eye which without adequate protection can cause snow blindness. The effects of this can range from mild discomfort to intense pain and loss of vision for varying amounts of time.

Due to the vagaries of mountain weather skiers may on the same day be out in flat light or misty conditions as well as bright sunshine. These differing conditions require different lenses to suit. High UV protection is still necessary in poor light/misty conditions but a light enhancing tint is more appropriate with the added benefit of showing up bumps in the snow surface.

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Goggles are used to both protect the eyes from glare and to shield from cold winds. The ideal goggle should have interchangeable lenses for differing light conditions, be double layered and vented to reduce risk of steaming up and have a good head strap to enable them to be used over a helmet or on their own. If goggles are to be used exclusively then two lens types should be considered; One for low, misty or flat light conditions, and the other for bright sunny conditions which may have a mirrored coating and a darker lens. Polarised lenses are recommended where possible due to the high levels of reflected light from snow.

Spectacle wearers can get versions designed to fit over their glasses or ones which accommodate an insert to take their lenses. The other alternative is contact lenses which are very successful for skiers keeping things simple and allowing standard goggles and sunglasses to be worn, albeit following the key criteria above.

For your free full sports eyewear assessment please contact us at Radyr Eyecare and we will help you see the difference that the right eyewear can make to your performance.
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