Having endured some eye procedures over the years, keeping them protected from the elements during outdoor activities — skiing especially — is at the top of my priority list. I’ve got a “system” dialed in for every activity, one that incorporates my Rx into the goggles and sunglasses I own that are designed for any number of outdoor pursuits, both on land and at sea. They come with lenses that adapt, both manually and automatically, to optimize visual clarity in all light levels, from low to high to everything in between.
Skiing and snowboarding — like being on the water — can be especially hard on our eyes, as the sun’s reflection off the snow is unrelenting and exposure from the wind irritating. Spring is particularly harsh for skiers as daylight hours extend and rising temps beckon us to bask longer in the sun. Exposure to UV radiation can be high even on cloudy days, and the risks increase in step with the elevation.
With the rising temperatures and extending days of spring, skiers and riders are ditching their bulky winter goggles for something more fashionable. Fortunately, most of today’s snowsports-ready sunglasses do a great job to mitigate the many risk factors, with Rx customization available, to boot. And the best part is that they do it not just with style, but with a statement. After all, making a statement is what spring skiing is all about.
So if you’re looking for something to say in your own unique way this spring, you might want to retire those old and tired goggles you’ve been trotting out since the Obama administration. It’s a brave new world out there and it’s time you got on board. You can combine function and style not just for the slopes but for all your other crossover outdoor activities all year long. Here’s a taste: