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:
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 RandDOptical.com 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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