For decades now, sunglasses have been a staple accessory in any wardrobe. Available in so many styles and colors, a great pair of shades becomes a reflection of your personality while adding a pop of fun to any outfit.

Although you may store your shades next to your other accessories, sunglasses are about more than just making a fashion statement, they’re about protecting your eyes and not just in the summer. The sun can be just as damaging to your eyes after the pools have been drained and the sweaters have been pulled out of the crawlspace. It’s important to wear sunglasses all year long and to prove it to you here are ten reasons why you should wear your shades in every season.

  • Your eyes are sensitive to bright lights and sunglasses can prevent the pain and headaches such lights can cause.
  • The sun gives off harmful UV rays all year long and a great pair of shades with UV protection will shield your eyes.
  • Sunlight can bounce off any reflective surface, causing damage to your eyes. This includes water, snow, pavement and sand.
  • Sunglasses protect your eyes from dust particles and debris that may be picked up by the wind. Wrap-around style shades are particularly good at keeping your eyes free and clear.
  • UV rays are prevalent even during hazy days. The sun may not be beating down on you but you should still be shielding your eyes.
  • If you’re not wearing sunglasses in the winter, you’re susceptible to snow blindness, which is a temporary loss of vision caused by looking at the snow when the sun is reflecting off of it.
  • A great pair of shades will decrease glare, which can help reduce your risk of accidents when driving, skiing or boating.
  • Without sunglasses, cataracts can build on your eyes due to direct exposure to sunlight
  • Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that can burn in the sun. Without sunglasses, you run the risk of photokeratitis, sunburn of the eyes. This can cause inflammation of the cornea. Ouch!
  • Sunglasses can also reduce your risk of various forms of eye cancer that may develop from overexposure to the sun.