Bloom said she always explains to patients how important ultraviolent A and ultraviolet B (UVA/UVB) protection is and how critical it is to have a good quality lens.
"A polarized lens takes the protection a step further," she stressed. "I want the frame to be large enough so the patient has good coverage. That way, all the area around the eye is protected."
In addition, she said to check that your frame is comfortable. If it's not, you're not going to wear it.
"Sunglasses are sunscreen for your eyes," she said. "Everytime you go outside during the day regardless of the season you should have sunglasses on."
You can get an equal amount of UV exposure on a cloudy day, and snow reflects as much UV or more, as water. Higher altitude events, such as skiing, put people at a greater risk of UV exposure as well.
"Be smart about sunglasses," she said. "There are so many beautiful frames and color choices that there's really no excuse to not wear the right pair."