The most unlikely winter accessory: sunglasses

February 6, 2008

Even in the winter, eyes can be exposed to ultraviolet rays and dry eye syndrome, prompting experts to suggest wearing sunglasses.

Hattiesburg, MS-According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, excessive radiation can cause burns to the cornea. Even in the winter, eyes can be exposed to ultraviolet rays and dry eye syndrome, prompting experts to suggest wearing sunglasses.

Deborah Marcev, OD, Eye Works, Hattiesburg, MS, said wearing protective eye gear keeps wind as well as debris out of eyes. According to experts, sunglasses with 100% protection against ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays solar radiation can prevent eyes from getting sunburned.

Dr. Marcev suggests some remedies for dry eyes in the winter. "Omega 3 [vitamins] are believed to help with dry eye," Dr. Marcev said. "The exact mechanism is unknown, but it's thought that they may reduce inflammation, increase tear production, and help with tear consistency."

Other suggestions include wearing sunglasses, getting plenty of sleep (8 hours a night), and getting plenty of exercise.