Protecting Yours Eyes While Skiing

As November draws to a close, the winter sports season is about to begin. While snow covered mountains can be great fun, they can also be very damaging to your eyes. Here’s how you can avoid damaging your eyes this winter season.

Wear Sunglasses Or Goggles

And not just when it’s sunny! We’ve discussed the importance of wearing sunglasses in winter previously, but we can’t emphasize enough just how important it is while skiing or snowboarding. Even on a cloudy day, the sun and snow can damage your eyes. Whether you are in the resort or at the top of the run, make sure to keep your eyes protected. Whilst coming down a run, goggles also prevent anything from entering your eye while you are moving at a high speed. A good sports store will be able to recommend a pair of goggles for both sunny and cloudy days.

Don’t Forget A Helmet

Yes, wearing a helmet can protect your vision. A hit to the head can do some serious damage. You may find even mild concussion could affect your vision. The only thing to do after concussion is head home. Don’t let something as minor as a helmet ruin your winter fun.

Will You Be Wearing Glasses?

If you wear glasses normally, you’ll need to find ski goggles that will fit over your regular glasses. This can be quite uncomfortable so you may chose to wear contact lenses. If so, be sure to follow regular hygiene rules and always fit and remove the lenses with clean hands. If you are a snow sport enthusiast and wear glasses, you may want to consider laser eye surgery. This will remove the hassle of having to think about how to fit your goggles around your regular prescription glasses or lenses.

Keep Eye Drops Handy

When you are around cold winds at a high altitude, your eyes can struggle to retain moisture. Some generic eye drops would be good to carry incase this happens. They are even more important for contact lens wearers. Half way down a ski run is not the ideal place for a contact lens to fall out due to lack of eye moisture.

If you are interested in finding out whether laser eye surgery can eliminate some of these hassles for you this winter, get in touch. Give us a call or send us a message to book in a free consultation at our Vancouver laser eye surgery centre.