More than just cool: sun protection for children’s eyes
Sunglasses can be pretty cool - even on children. However, protecting your child's sensitive eyes is more important than looking cool.
Whether you're vacationing at the beach or relaxing in your garden at home – when the sun is shining, kids love to play outside. Most parents remember to put sunscreen and sun-hats on their children, but many do not realise that sunglasses are just as important. Children's eyes are particularly sensitive. That is why customised sunglasses from an optometrist are essential for children when they are outdoors.
There is no holding kids back when the sun is shining. They want to be outside, playing and having fun. Responsible parents put sunscreen on their children and cover their heads to keep the sun off. However, sunglasses should also be worn whenever hats and sunscreen are required. Children's eyes are particularly at risk from the sun's rays. They are clearer and let far more light through than adults' eyes. That means UV rays can do much more damage, as kids have no defense against the short-wave rays from the sun. The risk of permanent damage increases severely if they are exposed to the sun's rays for extended periods. Decades of UV radiation can cause health problems such as cataracts in later life. As a result, sunglasses are far more than just a cool accessory for children.Like normal glasses, and spectacle lenses in particular, the quality of sunglasses is particularly important. Fun but cheap glasses generally do not provide the protection required. If the eyeglass lenses contain air bubbles or even streaks, they belong in the toy box, or better yet, in the trash. The same goes for sunglasses with yellow, blue or red lenses, as they distort a child's perception of color. Your local optometrist can help you choose the right product for your child.
We love Christensen Harbison Optometrists. They are centrally located on Barolin Street, opposite AusWide Bank, right in the heart of Bundaberg CBD. Contact the team for an appointment with one of the local optometrists Anthony and Sarah. Phone (07) 4151 2767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the office at 7 Barolin Street Bundaberg. Learn more about Christensen Harbison Optometrists here.