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Protecting Your Children’s Eyes


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room annually. That's equal to an eye injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals believe that 90% of the reported damage could be easily avoided by wearing protective eyewear. More often than not eye damaging accidents happen when playing recreational activities or working around the house. Youth are particularly vulnerable to eye accidents, which often occur during active play.

Being strict about ensuring your children wear protective eyewear when participating in contact sports will guard them from possible eye injury. Protective eyewear comes in a size-able selection of designs and shapes so encourage your child to purchase their favorite look to ensure they will wear them.

To ensure you get the appropriate fit and the optimal amount of protection, ask an experienced eye care professional for recommendations. Our professionals are happy to help you in finding the best pair of glasses for your child, based on the way they will be used. If your child wears glasses, safety glasses can be customized with prescription lenses from your eye care center. Ask about trivex or polycarbonate lenses for a child that plays rough sports. They are not only more durable, they are also lighter than plastic lenses, which tends to be more comfortable.

Be informed when purchasing safety eyewear. It's worth it when it comes to protecting your child's eyes!