3 reasons why children should wear sunglasses
We all need some sun exposure, but while is important for our health to maintain healthy vitamin D levels, unprotected exposure to the sun’s hazardous UV rays can be very damaging to both adults and children. Most adults, on bright and sunny days, wear sunglasses, but have you ever wondered if children need to protect their eyes?
Research shows that children, by the age of 18, absorb 80% of their lifetime exposure to UV light because they spend a lot of time outdoors in direct sunlight, thus it is very important for parents to protect their children’s skin and eyes. Here are some reasons why you should teach your children to wear sunglasses when they are outdoors for a significant amount of time:
Children’s eyes are sensitive to harmful radiation because they have larger pupils which allow more light to penetrate through. Regular exposure to sun’s rays can damage the lens of the eye because a child’s eye is less capable of filtering the UV rays. In addition to this, the lens cannot repair themselves – the cells of the lens are never repaired and proteins are never replenished.
From 0 to 1 years: only 10% of UV rays are filtered
From 1 to 12 years: only 40% of UV rays are filtered
From 12 years: the lens in children continue to develop until the age of 12, but after that the amount of UV rays that pass through gradually decreases
Since children love to play outside and be involved in outdoor activities, their exposure to sunlight is much greater than adults. The sun is not only reflected from the sand, snow and water, but also from hard surfaces causing discomfort, momentary blindness and damage to the eyes such as corneal damage.
Similarly, children have the habit of looking up in the sky which means they are constantly looking up to the sun. Have you ever noticed that children can look directly at sunlight for longer than adults without experiencing any discomfort? That’s because blinking is not fully developed to small children and do not close their eyes to protect themselves from sunlight.
Most of us are aware of the damage sun’s UV rays can cause on our eyes so it is important not only to take special care to protect our own eyes, but also our children’s eyes. It is up to you to teach your child on the dangers of the sun and ensure that they are wearing sunglasses that offer a safe level of UV protection. We often see children wearing hats and sun cream, but not always a pair of sunglasses. Remember that sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory, but that they offer eye protection. Now that you know why sunglasses are important for your children, simply visit an OJO sunglasses store to find a pair of sunglasses that keep the delicate eyes of your child protected from the