Summer is on its way and whilst most parents will cover their children in sunscreen and make sure they have a sun hat they are not so careful with their eyes. The majority of sun damage to the eyes is done during childhood. Children are more susceptible to UV damage than adults because they tend to spend more time outside than adults. UV damage to the eyes is cumulative, meaning it builds up over time.
Over exposure to UV rays can cause serious damage, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye problems. With 80% of UV damage being done by the age of 18 the most important step is to ensure your child wears sunglasses.
Sunglasses should block out 99-100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Sunglasses without UV protection may shade the eyes but actually cause the pupils to dilate, allowing in even more harmful rays. When going outside, both adults and children should always wear both a wide-brimmed hat or cap and the proper UV-rated sunglasses.
Make sure the sunglasses fit the child’s face and shield the eyes from all angles. Choose lenses that are impact resistant and made of polycarbonate. Make sure lenses are not scratched or damaged. Wraparound sunglasses will protect the eyes as well as the delicate skin around the eyes.
We at Kelcher Optometrists can advise the best sunglasses for your child. Our fully qualified Dispensing Optician will ensure the best fit for your child’s needs. We will also order in sunglasses to your specification.
Call us today on 01922 412040 or visit us at 88a Wardles Lane, Great Wyrley, Walsall, WS6 6DY.