This leaflet gives tips on how to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sunlight.
In particular, it is very important to protect the EYE of your children from the sun.
Ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) radiation from sunlight has been associated with multiple age-related eye problems, including cataract and macular degeneration.
Because children tend to spend more time outdoors than most adults, some experts say nearly half of a person’s lifetime exposure to ultraviolet radiation can take place by age 18.
Also, children are more susceptible to retinal damage from UV rays because the lens inside a child’s eye is clearer than an adult lens, enabling more UV to penetrate deep into the eye.
These factors make it very important for all children, even infants, to wear UV-blocking sunglasses when they are outdoors. This is especially true between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when UV intensity is at its highest.
By investing in quality children’s sunglasses, you are helping your kids enjoy a lifetime of good vision.