Even the NHL is Takes Snow Blindness Seriously!

By Mid-Coast Optical | Jan 29, 2014
Photo by: AP




Making the Right Call: The Hat Trick of Eye Safety


When the sun caused a blinding glare on the ice, the National Hockey League (NHL) delayed a big hockey game in the name of safety. This sun glare on ice, also known as snow blindness, results from unprotected exposure to UV rays which can accelerate eye aging, skin cancer and cataracts. Read on for three important reasons why the NHL scored a hat trick by making the call to delay the game.

1.) Protecting player’s health - A goalie defending a shot from the blue line has increased odds of taking a puck in the face with the blinding glare off the ice.
2.) Maintaining the rules of the game - With the glare on the ice, an offensive player could easily be in the crease resulting in an infraction.
3.) Eying the puck – Spectators and players have a difficulty keeping their eyes on the puck and may experience bloodshot eyes, uncontrollable eyelid twitching, eye pain and watery eyes as they fight the glare on the ice.

Delaying the game was the best way to protect player and fan safety. An additional way to protect your eyes from snow blindness is by using higher-index lens materials that prevent the majority of UV rays from hitting your eyes. The Eye-Sun Protection Factor ™ (E-SPF) is a simple yet effective way to determine the UV protection of a lens. Xperio UV lenses with E-SPF 50+ block 100% transmitted UV light and virtually eliminate backside UV reflections to help protect your long term eye health.  These lenses offer more than 50 times better eye protection than wearing no lenses at all!

Whether you’re skating around the rink or enjoying from the sidelines, be sure to wear sunglasses that offer the glare protection you need to keep your eyes in tip-top shape.


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