Don’t forget to protect your eyes this winter, doctors say

Are you taking the proper steps to protect your eyes this winter?

Doctors recommend wearing sunglasses during the winter because the sun reflects 80 percent of the UV light when it hits the snow.

Dr. Kristie Chevalier with International Eye Care says if you don’t take the proper precautions, you risk getting cancer in and around your eyes.

“Not wearing sunglasses allows the UV light to get to your eye and UV light exposure can lead to an increase risk of cancer in and around your eye, so you can get growths ya know on the skin around your eye or even on the tissue if the eye itself,” she said.

When choosing a pair of sunglasses Chevalier recommends polarized lenses over non-polarized lenses because it reduces the glare and can be more soothing for the eyes.