Are you going skiing? If you don’t want to go home BLIND, don’t underestimate the protection!

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On the slopes, the eyes are often exposed to hundreds of times stronger exposure to dangerous UV radiation than on an average summer day.

On the slopes, the eyes are often exposed to hundreds of times stronger exposure to dangerous UV radiation than on an average summer day.

Illustrative image for the article Are you going skiing?  If you don't want to go home BLIND, don't underestimate the protection!

During the ski season, people should not underestimate their eye care. Radovan Piovarči, the head of the NeoVízia eye clinic, points out that the examination of the eyes before skiing can help prevent accidents on the slope. It is also important to protect your eyesight with high-quality sunglasses during skiing.

Blurred vision

Piovarči pointed out that skiers with insufficiently corrected diopters live on the piste with light flushes and glances, as a result of which their eyes are irritated, tired and tearful. In addition, without glasses or with inappropriate correction, they find it much more difficult to notice an obstacle on a slope or landmarks.

“They suffer from blurred vision and do not see the details of the terrain in bright light. Snow drums merge into one white surface. Myopia also causes skiers problems with peripheral vision. They do not notice depressions and from there there is a short road to injury.” Piovarči specified.

He stressed that even the best groomed slopes can surprise inequalities. “With insufficiently corrected eyes, a professional and recreational skier on the piste can endanger not only himself but also others,” clarified.

Do you wear lenses?

According to the primary, the ski season can also be problematic for contact lens wearers, because the eyes suffer from insufficient oxygen supply. As he explained, in the frost and wind, the cornea of ​​the eye “breathes” worse and dries much more. Contact lenses prevent her from taking in oxygen, so the feeling of irritation is more pronounced.

“As the altitude rises and the oxygen content of the air decreases, the complications escalate,” Piovarči approached. According to him, the solution can be, for example, a laser operation, which is ideally completed at least two to four weeks before the trip to the mountains.

Protect your eyesight

Regardless of the state of sight, experts recall the importance of protecting it with sunglasses. “In ophthalmology, we know the disease from high light intensity. It can even cause temporary blindness. That’s why we pay attention to high-quality sunglasses, always in intense diffused sunlight with intense brightness – and this is most often the case at sea and in the mountains. “ optometrist Katarína Bašnáková points out.

As she explained, on the slopes, the eyes are often exposed to hundreds of times stronger exposure to dangerous UV radiation than on an average summer day.

“Strong UV radiation in the mountains can damage the cornea. Some studies say it can also accelerate the development of macular degeneration – the center of the sharpest human vision. “ added that quality sunglasses should therefore be a must for every skier and non-skier in the mountains. “To find out if your glasses really have the UV protection they say, have them measured by an eye optician.” advises an expert.

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