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UV Safety for Young Eyes

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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

 

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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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About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 5 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in sunny Southern California.

12 Responses to “UV Safety for Young Eyes”

  1. Mami2jcn says:

    Wow, I had no idea that your eyes could get sunburned! This is very important information. I wear sunglasses always outside but my kids are finicky about it. I’ll make sure to have them wear glasses from now on.

  2. David Fultner says:

    I had a heat stoke in 1991. The sun can really mess you up.

  3. Julie Wood says:

    Limiting outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m is so important! And always make sure to wear UVA/UVB sun protection sunglasses because the sun can damage young eyes!

  4. Lisa Brown says:

    great charts and very informative

  5. Cynthia R says:

    I wish I had known about UV protection when I was a kid, we never thought about it. Now I’m thinking of getting contacts with UV protection.

  6. vickie couturier says:

    nice post with lots of interesting information,thanks

  7. James Robert says:

    Great advice and never really thought about the damage that can happen to our eyes. My kids do have sunglasses and I am glad you shared this valuable information

  8. Maryann D. says:

    I do worry about UV radiation and our eyes. I do try to use sunglasses and I hope my children will also through out their lives.

  9. Tammy S says:

    This is a great post! We made sure to put sunglasses on our kids as babies and now they don’t even think twice about putting on their sunglasses.

  10. Rebecca Parsons says:

    My kids have sunglasses and love to wear them. I however can’t wear them because I am blind without my actual glasses.

  11. Leela says:

    Thanks for all of the info.

  12. Amy Orvin says:

    UV safety is so important. I appreciate the charts and information discussed here.

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