Protecting Your Child's Eyes

Protecting Your Child's Eyes from the Sun

What Every Parent Should Know about Protecting Your Child’s Eyes from the Sun

An Eye Opener: Overexposure to UV Rays Can Lead to Eye Diseases From the American Optometric Association, May 2010.

Should my children wear sunglasses when they are at the beach or playing outside?

Yes! UV rays are as damaging to your child’s eyes as they are to his/her skin. Children have larger pupils and clearer lenses, so when spending time outdoors, a child will receive 3X’s the UV ray exposure as an adult. Proper sunglasses are sunscreen for the eyes! sunglasses

UV radiation may cause long term damage to your child’s eyes and may lead to serious eye conditions later in life. Since UV radiation has been linked to the following eye diseases, protecting your child’s eyes now is the best way to protect their vision as an adult. Some of the eye conditions that are associated with exposure to UV radiation include:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Dermatochalasis (upper eye lid droop)
  • Pterygium (growth on the conjunctiva caused by sunlight)
  • Corneal cancer
  • Choroidal melanoma
  • Early presbyopia

Many people are surprised to learn that they can purchase high quality sunglasses for their children at very affordable prices at The Solution Center. We also carry straps and elastic bands for children’s sunglasses.

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