Stu Laing

Optometrist and eye expert Stu Laing of BLUR EYEWEAR has top protection tips for when you’re on the slopes.

UNO: Why is eyewear so important in the snow?

Stu: A naked eye is at risk of developing photokeratitis, aka snow blindness, from ultraviolet light essentially burning the cornea. Think of eyewear like sunscreen for your eyes. Polarised lenses will decrease glare and significantly improve visual clarity and comfort when you’re on the slopes.

UNO: What’s best, goggles or glasses?

Stu: It’s possible to put corrective lenses into both ski goggles and sunglasses these days. Goggles cover a larger area of the face and create a tight seal that traps heat; make sure you purchase an anti-fogging pair. They also offer more protection against wind and debris. Sunglasses work best when it’s actually sunny, so always take a pair of goggles
in case the weather turns sour.

UNO: Eyes can often get watery after a day of skiing. What’s the fix?

Stu: A good, tight-fitting pair of ski goggles can help, by mitigating exposure to the elements, including wind, UV rays and debris. Cold weather can slow down the production of the oily secretions that keep tears on your eyes and stop them running down your cheeks. To ease this, start the day with a hot compress, then massage your eyelids and follow with a lubricating eye drop, preferably one that contains sodium hyaluronate.

UNO: For those who have a sartorial reputation to uphold, what are the hottest sunglasses this season?

Stu: If trends are to be believed, then anything with a double bridge. And tiny, low-slung cat’s-eye sunglasses. Just make sure they keep the sun out.


Ice by Vuarnet, $495.
Edge Round by Vuarnet, $525.
649 Series by Persol, $395.
Nacht-One by Dita, $795.