Last week I had the opportunity to join in an educational webinar to learn about UV Safety for Young Eyes with The Vision Council. We all know the importance of UV proection but did you know that it’s just as important for our kids as it is adults?
Whether playing during school recess, for fun on weekends or as part of organized sports teams, children spend significant time outdoors. Research shows that children receive three times the annual sun exposure of adults and are especially vulnerable to UV-related harm. Unlike the mature ocular lens of an adult eye, a child’s lens cannot filter out UV rays as easily, allowing them to reach the retina
The more exposure your children have had to harmful UV radiation, the more at risk they are for these sight-threatening conditions. That said, it is still important for your child to be a kid – play outdoors, enjoy the pool and splash in the ocean.
The answer is all about balance and protection.
- Limit outdoor time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – the hours when UV radiation is strongest
- Arm children with UV-protective sunglasses whenever they step outside – no matter where you are, whether it’s sunny or cloudy, or what time of year it is
When it comes to purchasing sunglasses for your child While UV protection is a must, finding sunglasses that your child feels comfortable in and likes will ensure that they are actually worn. When you are looking for sunglasses make sure they have both UVA and UVB protection, often designated by a sticker or label. And be sure to shop at a credible source; do not purchase from street vendors or online auction sites.
To learn more about the effects of UV exposure on eyes at every age, read the latest report released by The Vision Council, A Lifetime of UV Eye Protection, which includes data from fourth annual Sun Protection Survey.
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