Why would the eye doctor recommend you get sunglasses for your child even if they don’t have a glasses prescription? Everyone knows about UV rays causing skin damage, but most of us don’t realize that UV is just as damaging to your child’s eyes as they are to his/her skin. If your child needs sunscreen, then they also need proper sunglasses!
Playing outside, headed to the amusement park, skiing, and especially going to the beach. Always make sure you are using sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.
UV exposure builds over a lifetime, and early sun damage may lead to serious eye conditions later in life. Protecting your child’s eyes now is the best way to protect their vision as an adult. UV radiation has been linked to many eye conditions, including the following:
-Melanoma or other skin cancers
Keep your kids safe and looking good in a great pair of sunglasses. It’s a simple way to improve their future eye health and quality of life!
Dr. Lisa Draper is an Optometrist specializing in Pediatrics at Simon Eye Associates in Delaware and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. While she enjoys seeing patients of all ages for all vision care needs, her main focus in the practice is to help provide the best eye care experience for children and their families.