Educating Your Patients About Children’s Summer Eye Safety

Educating Your Patients About Children’s Summer Eye Safety

18 July 2022


While families enjoy warm, sunny weather this summer, eye protection may not always be on their minds. Ultraviolet (UV) A not only penetrates the skin deeply but is associated with cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). UVB causes sunburns of the skin and is absorbed by the cornea, increasing the risk of photokeratitis. The crystalline lens in a child’s eye allows 70 percent more UV rays to reach the retina than an adult’s, which means kids are especially vulnerable to harmful UV light.

Promote sun eye safety with your patients

Here are some sun safety tips to share with families:

  • Check the label or sticker to ensure the sunglasses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.
  • Babies, toddlers, and older children should all have their own sunglasses. Often, adults wear sunglasses but neglect to put them on their little ones. Surveys indicate that more than 70 percent of adults wear sunglasses and only 30 percent of kids use them!
  • Children need properly fitting sunglasses. Adult frames may be too large and do not provide adequate protection.
  • Add a wide-brimmed hat to block additional sunlight from entering the eyes.
  • Look for wraparound frames to reduce the amount of UV rays entering from the sides.
  • Sunglasses are also essential for protecting the delicate skin around the eyes, which is prone to photoaging. Additionally, squinting increases the risk of fine lines (such as crow’s feet). A larger frame covering the eye area well addresses both of these concerns!
  • Polarized lenses increase comfort and reduce glare during water sports, driving or other outdoor activities.
  • Stay indoors or in the shade when the UV index is high (typically between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.). The UV index depends upon location, season, altitude, cloud cover and other factors. The higher the index, the more likely the risk for photoaging and sunburn.

Starting good sun habits at an early age is essential, as cumulative UV damage during childhood can impact cataracts, AMD, and other age-related eye diseases.

Back-to-school eye exams

Although summer may feel like it just started, remind families to get ahead of the back-to-school rush by scheduling eye exams early. Let parents know that annual exams contribute to academic success by detecting vision problems, eye health conditions, learning disabilities, and other issues.

R&D Optical offers a wide range of eyewear for pediatric patients. Our BluLoc lens is 100 percent UVA/UVB blocking and filters out blue light. For parents who don’t want to worry about caring for a second pair of glasses, we carry Transitions in Signature, Style Mirror and XTRActive styles. Active kids can receive customized athletic goggles, including swim goggles, which also have UV protection.

We have many more products to choose from. Please visit our website or call us at 513-273-4034 to find out more. For more tips and our latest updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn!

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