By: Dr. Amber Teten, Pediatric Eye Doctor
As parents, we always want the best for our children. We do everything possible to ensure their safety, health, and well-being. However, we sometimes overlook the importance of protecting our children’s eyes. The fact is that children’s eyes are more vulnerable to damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays than adults’ eyes. That is why sunglasses are essential for kids when they are out in the sun. Dr. Teten, a pediatric eye doctor, will discuss the benefits of sunglasses for protecting the eyes of your children.
Protection from UV Rays
As a pediatric eye doctor, the importance of wearing sunglasses for children to protect their eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays cannot be stressed enough. Children’s eyes are more vulnerable to UV damage as their pupils are larger and their lens is clearer, allowing more UV rays to enter their eyes. Long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to eye problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis. Wearing sunglasses with UV-400 protection can block up to 99% of UV rays and provide a protective barrier for the eyes. By protecting their eyes from UV damage, children can reduce the risk of developing these eye problems in the future. Parents should look for sunglasses specifically designed for children’s small faces and shatterproof lenses that can withstand the rough and tumble play that children engage in. Parents must teach their children good eye care habits early on and make wearing sunglasses a regular practice when playing outdoors.
It is recommended that parents ensure their children wear sunglasses when playing outdoors to reduce glare from the sun. The bright sunlight can make it difficult for children to see and play, leading to squinting, eye strain, and even accidents. Sunglasses with polarized lenses can help reduce glare by filtering out the horizontal light waves that cause it. By reducing glare, children can see more clearly, making playing and participating in outdoor activities easier. Additionally, polarized lenses can help reduce the risk of accidents caused by glare, such as tripping or falling while playing sports. It is essential to teach children to wear sunglasses regularly when playing outside and make it a habit to protect their eyes from glare and other harmful effects of the sun.
Comfortable for the Eyes
When your child wears sunglasses, they can make them more comfortable when spending time outside. Bright sunlight can cause discomfort, headaches, and even temporary vision loss. Sunglasses can help to reduce glare and enhance visual clarity, making it easier to see and reducing eye strain.
When choosing sunglasses for your child, select a pair that fits well and provides adequate eye coverage. Look for sunglasses labeled UV400, which blocks all UVA and UVB rays. Consider purchasing sunglasses at Navigation Eye Care, as we carry sunglasses with polarized lenses, which can reduce glare and improve visual clarity even further. Overall, wearing sunglasses is critical in protecting your child’s eye health and ensuring their comfort when spending time outside.
It is recommended that children wear sunglasses when they are outside in the sun, not just to protect their eyes but also to prevent sunburn. Sunburn on the eyelids is common, and it can be very painful and uncomfortable for children. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection can help to prevent sunburn on the delicate skin around the eyes. In addition to avoiding sunburn on the eyelids, wearing sunglasses can also help to prevent other types of sun damage, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Encourages Good Eye Care Habits
Dr. Teten, as a pediatric eye doctor, stresses the importance of developing good eye care habits from an early age; wearing sunglasses is an essential part of this. Encouraging your child to wear sunglasses when they are outside helping them to develop healthy habits that will protect their eyes from the harmful effects of the sun throughout their lifetime.
Wearing sunglasses protects the eyes from UV damage. It encourages children to become more aware of protecting their eyes. By teaching children the importance of wearing sunglasses, parents can instill healthy habits that will protect their looks for years.
When choosing sunglasses for children, parents should look for those specifically designed for children’s small faces with UV-400 protection. Sunglasses with shatterproof lenses are also recommended, as they can withstand the rough and tumble play that children engage in.
In addition to sunglasses, parents can also protect their children’s eyes by encouraging them to wear wide-brimmed hats or caps to provide additional shade. Parents can also limit their children’s exposure to the sun during peak hours, between 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Sunglasses are essential for children when they are out in the sun. They provide protection from harmful UV rays, reduce glare, are comfortable for the eyes, prevent sunburn, and promote good eye care habits. Parents can protect their children’s eyes and encourage good eye health for years to come by choosing the right pair of sunglasses for their children.
If you have a child that desires to play outside, we encourage you to have your child wear sunglasses. Additionally, have your child evaluated by a qualified pediatric eye doctor to ensure there are no underlying eye conditions that could be made worse by being out in the sun. Dr. Teten encourages parents to bring their children in for regular eye exams to ensure their eyes are healthy and their vision is properly developing. Call the Navigation Eye Care team at 757-529-6889 or schedule an appointment online. We are fully equipped and prepared to care for you and your family.