It is important to begin protecting our eyes and skin at an early age. Many parents understand the importance of using sunscreen to block the harmful effects of UV radiation on children’s skin, but far fewer parents consider the importance of sunglasses for their kids.
Kids are particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun on their eyes for a couple of different reasons; first, kids typically spend more time outside than adults do leading to increased exposure to UV rays and blue light. Second, the lens in a child’s eye is clear until around the age of 10. After the age of ten the lens starts to become more opaque, adding more protection to the eye but before this the eye is at higher risk. Studies show that between 25% and 50% of our lifetime UV exposure to the eye happens before the age of 18.
Because the damage to the eye caused by UV radiation and blue light is cumulative over our lifetimes, protecting the eye from a young age is critically important. Increased exposure to UV rays has been linked to the development of cataracts later in life. In addition to UV radiation, the sun is also the greatest source of blue light. Exposure to blue light has been linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration. Because of increased exposure and increased risk to the eye, it is important to protect children’s eyes from the earliest age possible.
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