Bismarck – By now I’m sure you’ve heard in excess to cover up all your extremities in order to avoid Frostbite…those include hands, ears, your cheeks and other items…but did you know most people forget about a very important part of their body, the eyes.

“If you’re someone who likes to get outside and experience our really cold winters, sunglasses is good to help you with the bright light and the glare that comes off of the snow, and then a goggle just to protect the eyes and keep them warm.”  Said Dr. Tom Deis, an Optometrist at Schindler & Deis Optomerty.

Frostbite on your eyes is a very real thing…it’s technically called Corneal Frostbite, which is where the corneas of your eyes become frostbitten.

This is much more likely to happen when winds are strong as opposed just plain cold temperatures.

So what are some of the symptoms and early signs of Corneal Frostbite???

“Your eyes will get red, so you’ll have redness in the white of your eyes, you’ll experience pain, and you’ll be light sensitive, lights will be extremely bright for you, much like a welding burn, to an eye would feel.”

Now Dr. Deis also tells KX News you should wear eye protection because the suns rays are greatly reflected by the sun…which can lead to snow blindness, when your eye actually is sunburned resulting in a temporary loss of vision.

“Looking at the snow itself isn’t going to cause you any problems, but the constant light, reflecting off of your eyes over time can cause the damage.”  

The best piece of advice…just wear sunglasses or goggles in extreme cold weather, your eyes will thank you for it.

Doctors say if you’re going to be outside in the snow for an extended period of time, put on a little sunscreen because your skin can be burned even when suns rays are reflected off the snow.