Most parents understand how important it is to put sun screen on their children while they play outdoors. But why are so few moms and dads taking precautions to protect their children’s eyes from the harmful rays of the sun?
Teaching your children to protect their eyes at an early age could turn out to be the best thing you ever do for their future vision.
Recent studies show that children who wear sunglasses while outdoors, improve their chances of avoiding major eye health problems later in life.
Moms and dads — this is your opportunity to help shape the future eye health behaviors that your youngsters will practice as adults. You can potentially save them from having to suffer preventable vision damage down the road!
For a child, wearing protective sunglasses is especially important between the hours of 10AM and 2PM because that’s when the Ultra Violet (UV) rays are the most dangerous.
It’s also a fact that 80% of our lifetime exposure to the UV radiation of the sun occurs before we reach the age of 18. The pupils in a child’s eyes are larger than those of an adult, so more of the damaging rays of the sun are getting into these young eyes.
Exposure to sunlight during early childhood is harmful and can lead to severe damage. Parents may not even be aware that this damage is occurring to their child because the consequences won’t become apparent until well after the child becomes an adult.
All sunglasses are not created equal…for example, some sunglass lenses can actually increase the UV damage to your child’s eyes. And wearing lenses with inadequate UV protection can greatly increase your child’s chances of serious eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age related macular degeneration later in life.
Filling the eye doctor's eye wear prescriptions is the best way to keep your child from wearing the wrong kind of sunglasses.