DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Fall is not the time to put away sunglasses. Just ask Bill Oliver.
An avid golfer, he said he started wearing his sunglasses year-round about eight years ago.
"I came to Dr. Teichmiller a number of years ago asking him why my eyes were so red and why they were dry and why they were itchy," he told us.
He said he's paid a price. "It did permanent damage, but it hasn't gotten any worse since then, because I wear them every day."
He added that his eyes burned and he had a headache in the later rounds of his golf game. "I wear them fall and winter."
Some experts say the winter sun sits lower in the sky and the angle is different. Optometrist Dr. Chris Teichmiller says he sees sun damaged eyes all the time.
"Remember that it's over the course of our lifetime, exposure, that contributes to things like cataracts, macular degeneration, ocular melanoma... that can cause damage to our eyes," the doctor advised. "The main thing that happens is when the ultraviolet penetrates to the cataract to the lens in our eye, that can lead to a cataract formation. It causes a general dimming of your vision. 'Snow blindness...' actually causes damage to the cornea just much like a welder would have a corneal burn."
He said its very painful. Teichmiller said there are some specifics you need to look for when it comes to choosing sunglasses.
"I think most of your sunglasses (should) include the UV 400, which is going to block 100 percent of UVA and UVB."
Polarized lenses are also a must for Your Health.