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Why sunlight eye protection is so important for young and teenage children

Its not just a case of slapping on sun tan lotion,  kid’s eyes need protecting as well 

Why sunlight eye protection is so important for young and teenage children

Protecting the eyes from sunlight with UV-filtered spectacle or sunglass lenses is crucial for children and young adults for several reasons:



  1. Prevention of Eye Damage: Prolonged exposure to UV radiation from sunlight can lead to various eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis (sunburn of the cornea). Children’s eyes are especially vulnerable as their lenses are clearer, allowing more UV rays to reach the retina.
  2. Reducing the Risk of Cataracts: UV radiation is a significant risk factor for the development of cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Protecting the eyes from UV exposure can help reduce the likelihood of developing cataracts later in life.
  3. Preventing Macular Degeneration: UV radiation can also contribute to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in adults. Shielding the eyes from UV rays during childhood and adolescence may help lower the risk of AMD in later years.
  4. Protecting the Sensitive Skin Around the Eyes: Sunglasses with UV protection not only shield the eyes but also the delicate skin around them. This can help prevent premature aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer, particularly important for young adults who may not be as diligent with sunscreen application.
  5. Minimizing the Risk of Photokeratitis: Photokeratitis, also known as “snow blindness” or “sunburn of the eye,” is a painful condition resulting from overexposure to UV radiation, often experienced during outdoor activities such as skiing or water sports. UV-filtered lenses can help prevent this temporary but uncomfortable condition.
  6. Promoting Healthy Habits: Encouraging children and young adults to wear UV-protected sunglasses fosters good habits for lifelong eye health. By starting early and making it a routine, they are more likely to continue protecting their eyes as they age.
  7. Enhancing Visual Comfort: Sunglasses with UV protection not only guard against harmful rays but also reduce glare, providing clearer, more comfortable vision when outdoors. This can be particularly beneficial during activities like water sports, driving or playing sports.

In summary, wearing UV-filtered spectacle or sunglass lenses is essential for children and young adults to safeguard their eyes from UV radiation, prevent eye damage and diseases, and promote overall eye health and well-being throughout their lives.

Look out for UV400 protection printed on sunglasses, CE or UKCA marks and if they wear spectacles ask your optician about tinted or photochromic (changeable) lenses


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