Are you a safety- and health-conscious parent? You are if you teach your kids the importance of brushing their teeth, buckling their seatbelt, and wearing the proper protective equipment for sports including shin guards, helmets and knee pads. But are you overlooking how critical it is to protect kids’ developing eyes from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun? UV radiation is an invisible spectrum of light that is present in our atmosphere 365 days a year and reaches the earth’s surface even on cloudy or overcast days. UV damage is cumulative—it builds over time–and irreversible. You’re probably also aware that kids spend more time outside than adults do. Some studies estimate that up to 50% of lifetime UV exposure accumulates before age 18. Here’s why this is critical:
It’s never too early for your kids to start wearing high-quality sunglasses that protect their eyes from damaging UV rays whenever they go outside. There are a large variety of sunglass options for all ages of children, ages 6 months to 18 years. (Children under 6 months of age shouldn’t be exposed to the sun). In addition to protecting their eye health for a lifetime of good vision, just think how cute they’ll look in their little sunnies! Here’s what to look for when buying sunglasses for children:
The sooner you instill the importance of wearing high-quality sunglasses each time your child goes out in the sun, the lower your child’s risk of UV damage and the development of eye problems in their future. There’s a bonus to outfitting your kids with the proper UV protection in sunglasses: You’ll want to model the good behavior of wearing sunglasses whenever you go outside, 365 days a year and yes, that means on cloudy days, too. When Mom and Dad make it a habit, kids will see how important it is, and your whole family will benefit from the beneficial eye health habit of wearing your sunnies year-round!