Disclosure: This is a sponsored post about eye protection on behalf of The Vision Council through The Motherhood. All opinions are 100% my own.
Do you always wear eye protection when in the sun? I have to admit, I am the worst about wearing glasses of any sort. I rarely wear my prescribed glasses to see every day. Let alone sunglasses. Luckily, my family enjoys wearing them and I am coming around.
I did not think much about eye protection until I went to the Optometrist about a year or so ago and she asked me if I wore sunglasses often. I had to tell her no and asked why. She informed me that she could see sun spots on my lenses due to UV damage. Ugh! That was not something I was even aware could happen at the time. After a webinar with Dora Adamopoulos, OD, an active member of The Vision Council‘s Better Vision Institute and Optometrist, I am now much more aware of the dangers. And not only for myself, but for my family as well.
Did you know that whereas 72% of adults report that they wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun, in reality, only 60% actually do. And even more alarming, only 48% of adults report that they have their children in sunglasses in order to ensure eye protection from harmful UV rays. Sadly though, children receive three times the annual sun exposure of an adult. In fact, by the time a child reaches the age of 18, he/she will have already acquired almost 80% of their lifetime exposure to the UV. Wow! Again, did not know that.
Therefore, here is how can we pick out sunglasses for children to offer proper eye protection:
- Make sure the sunglasses fit your children comfortably. Sunglasses that pinch or are scratched are less likely to be worn
- Set a prime example by always wearing your own shades
- Style might play a role; have them pick out a pair they like and they may be more prone to wear them
- Quality does not necessarily translate to high cost
- If your children are particularly prone to losing items, consider buying shades with a plastic frame, which can be less expensive than metal frames
UV protection is important. The damage from UV radiation is cumulative meaning daily sun exposure adds up over time. In turn, this may lead to serious medical issues and vision impairment. Short-term vision problems may include:
- Photokeratitis (sunburn of the eye)
- Hyper sensitivity to light
Whereas long-term vision problems can result in:
- Premature aging of the skin; wrinkles and sunspots
- Prerygium (abnormal growth on the eye and eyelid)
- Macular degeneration
- Cancer of the eye, eyelid and surrounding skin
That final problem listed above is enough to convince me how important eye protection from UV damage is… in any season. The Vision Council offers these UV-Safety facts to help us be better informed and to make sure we are protecting our eyes.
Do you wear eye protection each time you are outside?
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