Sun Safety for Young Eyes

sun safetyInfants and children are more susceptible to UV damage because the lenses in their eyes are clearer than an adult’s lenses. Here are some sun-protection tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology:

Teach your children never to look directly into or stare at the sun.

To help ensure your children wear their sunglasses, allow them to select a style they like. Many manufacturers make frames with cartoon characters or multicolored frames.

Make sure your child wears a wide-brimmed hat or a baseball cap, which provides some UV protection, especially if he will not tolerate sunglasses.

Remind children to wear their sunglasses and a hat even on cloudy days. Most of the sun’s rays can come through the clouds on an overcast day.

Try to keep children out of the sun for extended periods between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.

Keep children younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. Choose the shade, a baby stroller with a canopy or an umbrella when outside with a very young child or infant.

Be sure to wear your sunglasses and hat when outside. Children often follow the example of their parents.

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