Dec 14, 2020


Interviewer: It might be surprising, but one of the most common injuries of winter sports is actually eye injuries. Dr. Jeff Pettey, what do we need to look out for when it comes to protecting our eyes when we ski or snowboard?

Dr. Pettey: Yeah, the two things we need to protect ourselves from during snow sports are UV damage and then also physical injury. The way that we can protect our eyes from UV damage is by wearing sunglasses or goggles with 100% UVA and UVB protection. While sunglasses will afford some protection, goggles will afford more protection because they're larger. Goggles will also afford protection from physical injury better. Things like a ski pole, things like branches coming into contact with our face, those are things that we need to be protected from, and goggles will give us the best protection.

updated: December 14, 2020
originally published: November 27, 2017

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