Should My Children Wear Sunglasses?
On sunny days most adults wear sunglasses when they are outside, but how often do you see children wearing sunglasses?
When it comes to children’s safety in the sun, we so quickly apply lashings of sunscreen. However time and time again a crucially important aspect of their healthcare is totally missed out- your child’s eyes!
Children need to protect their eyes just as much as adults!
Sunlight over exposure can lead to aging of the lens and retina damage and this is one of the reasons why parents need to take some caution with their child’s sun exposure. UV damage can take many forms:
Photokeratitis- sunburn of the eye, can cause vision loss for up to 48 hours
Cataracts- This creates a gradual clouding of the lens of the eye and can lead to vision loss
Cancer- UV rays can cause cancer of the eye, eyelid and skin
Even though too much sun can be harmful to children’s eyes, not enough sun exposure can be just as damaging. Finding a balance is the key, because our eyes need sunlight and so we shouldn’t avoid being in the sun. Sunlight exposure is great for our bodies and is essential for maintaining a healthy sleep cycle. Parents can support children to get a good balance of sunlight and protection by encouraging them to wear sunglasses or hats when out in the sun for over 20 minutes.
Finding the perfect pair of sunglasses for Kids
It is important to choose a pair of sunglasses that is well suited for children and fits to the contours of their face as comfortably as possible, to ensure a most generous protection as possible.
- Where possible kid’s sunglasses should have a wrap-around frame to protect from peripheral light
- Lenses should be as transparent as possible to enable the child’s eyes to be seen.
- Pick a pair that fits properly and comfortably
- Look out for lenses that have both UVA and UVB ray protection
So should your child wear sunglasses?
Yes! In order to provide your child with as much protection as possible when they are playing out in the sun they should wear sunglasses.