UV protection for children

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Children’s eyes are less capable than adults of filtering harmful UV light

Because the damaging effects of UV are cumulative, protecting your child’s eyes – and your own – from the sun is one of the most important things you can do.

80 percent of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV occurs before age 18.

So make sure your children wear sunglasses outdoors, and, if they already wear prescription sunglasses, that the lenses are treated for UV protection. Sunglasses and prescription eyewear should block 100 percent of the harmful portion of UV.

Many people believe sun damage occurs only after spending hours in the sun but this is not true. Everyday UV exposure can affect the health of your eyes; even short bursts of unprotected UV exposure can lead to pain, irritation and sensitivity to light.

Sunglasses are also important throughout the year. Regardless of the temperature outside, the harmful effects of the sun remain powerful.