It’s common knowledge that kids’ skin is vulnerable to UV rays, but what many parents don’t know is their eyes are too. Their eyes are more vulnerable to UV damage because they have more transparent lenses, meaning shorter wavelength can easily reach their eyes. The shorter the wavelength, the more damaging the UV light is.
Sunglasses, of course, are must-haves for summer, but they might not be providing optimal UV protection for your kids. Vision Care Associates, your local optometrist, shares some tips on how to maximize UV protection below.
Choose Sports-Specific Sunglasses for Your Kids
Sunglasses aren’t just for leisure time at the beach; it’s also a must-have for outdoor summer sports. Make sure the lenses provide 100% UV protection. And while the tint doesn’t affect the level of UV protection, it can help minimize glare while your kids are out on the field.
To minimize the risk of injury, opt for sunglasses with plastic frames and avoid metal ones. Since each sport has its own set of demands and playing field, it would be a good idea to consult your child’s coach and optometrist about the kind of sunglasses best suited for him.
Make Sure Your Kids Wear Goggles While They’re Swimming
If your child is into water sports or activities, make sure they wear goggles. Water from pools and beaches often contain chemicals and microorganisms that can irritate the eyes or cause an infection.
Keep Them From Rubbing Their Eyes
Pink eye’s prevalent disease in summer; your child can catch the disease if he rubs his eyes with his unwashed hands. Since they’re likely to rub their eyes when they’re tired or have been using the computer for too long, making sure your kids get enough sleep to lessen the possibility of them catching the disease.
Visit Your Local Optometrist
With the plethora of eye diseases that are widespread in summer, it’s a good idea to have your kid undergo complete eye health examinations. That way, you can prevent eye infections from worsening.
Plus, making sure your kids’ eyes are in good condition before he starts playing sports or doing summer activities is a way of lessening the risk of injury.
Vision Care Associates, the winner of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Readers Choice Award for best eye care experience for ten years in a row, offers eye center optical services. To set up an appointment, call us at (304) 315-6055 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Parkersburg, WV.