You must all have noticed how kids look cute and sweet with their tiny little sunglasses 🙂
But have you ever thought that that fashionable item could save your kids from serious eye and skin damage?
During a recent conversation with optician optometrist Yara Nehme, I discovered more about this matter.
As Yara says:
“The risk of damage to our eyes and skin from solar UV radiation is cumulative, meaning the danger continues to grow as we spend time in the sun throughout our lifetime.
With this in mind, it’s especially important for kids to protect their eyes from the sun. In fact, children tend to spend significantly more time outdoors than most adults, up to half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation can occur by age 18. Also, children are more susceptible to retinal damage from UV rays their eyes do not yet have a mature capacity for ocular protection because the lens inside a child’s eye is clearer than an adult lens, enabling more UV to penetrate deep into the eye.
Therefore, make sure your kids’ eyes are protected from the sun with good quality sunglasses. Also, encourage your child to wear a hat on sunny days to further reduce UV exposure.”
Now that the sunny weather is here, I guess we all enjoy taking our kids to enjoy outdoor activities. This means more exposure to the sun! We need to teach them the importance of wearing their sunnies as much as wearing sunscreen.
After all, good habits last for life 🙂