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Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place.

UV protection

UV danger is just as much a problem in the winter as it is in the summertime. Even when it is cloudy, your eyes are exposed to intense amounts of ultraviolet radiation from the sun – in fact almost 100% of UV rays can penetrate the clouds. Moreover, when it’s hazy, your pupils remain more dilated than on bright days, so some of the eye’s natural protective mechanisms are less effective, which leaves your eyes more susceptible to UV penetration, and the harm it can cause. Winter weather presents a double-edged sword: plenty of ultraviolet radiation and decreased natural protection.

If you are on the slopes, you are likely even more at risk. On fresh snow, you are being hit directly with ultraviolet rays from the sky and reflecting from the glaring snow. A good pair of ski goggles, will have 100% ultraviolet protection to keep your eyes safe from these dangerous UV rays.

Protection from the elements

Along with winter sports fun comes cold rain, sleet and snow and dry, whipping wind. These conditions can take a toll on your eyes leaving them, dry, red and stinging. Additionally, glare or fog from the ice and snow can worsen these conditions and further limit your visibility, putting you at risk of temporary blindness – a real danger if you are on the slopes. Choose winter sports eyewear with a large frame that will completely cover your eyes and the areas around them. Wrap-around ski goggles with side shields are your best bet for full coverage. Also make sure you ask for anti-glare and anti-fog lenses or a coating – because if you can’t see, you can’t ski!

Lens and Frame Durability

Even the top performers fall every once in a while and when they do, it is important that their sports eyewear can stand the fall. Most ski goggles are made from flexible materials and reinforced lenses made from polycarbonate or Trivex impact resistant lens materials. Look for proper padding and foam inserts at all impact points with the face.

Most importantly make sure that the ski goggles you choose fit comfortably and that you can see properly under the conditions in which you will be using them. There are many different styles, lens tints and shapes to choose from so make sure you try on a number of pairs before making your decision.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan