Do Children Need Eye Protection from the Sun?

Despite the number of cloudy days we have had in Colorado the sun is definitely on its way!  Children and teenagers are particularly susceptible to the sun's damaging rays.  Kids and teens tend to spend more time outdoors than adults and the lenses of their eyes are more transparent than those of adults.  This allows more UV radiation to reach their retinas (the light sensitive layer at the back of the eyes).  Children should wear protective sunglasses when playing outdoors.

Along with visible light the sun give off ultraviolet radiation.  The earth's ozone layer absorbs part of the radiation but sunglasses are needed to protect against the rest of the ultraviolet radiation.

Studies show that long term exposure to ultraviolet light can contribute to the develop of eye problems and you can even sunburn your eyes.

The best protection against the sun's damaging rays is to always wear sunglasses.  Make sure your sunglasses block out both types of ultraviolet light UVA and UVB and have gray, green or brown lenses.  Always check the label on the sunglasses when you purchase them as many fashion tinted glasses do not offer this protection.

Have a safe and happy summer!