Anyone who is overly exposed to UV rays which get stronger when they are reflected off sand or water is in danger. The harmful effects of UV rays hold true for everyone regardless of age. So if you are planning a trip to the beach, the desert or anywhere else where long exposure to the sun is inevitable, a pair of sunglasses is recommended whether you are a child, a teen or an adult.
Long and over exposure to UV rays, especially when reflected off sand, street, snow or pavement (which makes the glare more intense) can cause painful corneal and skin sunburn. When the eyes are exposed repeatedly to UV rays, they can also develop chronic eye diseases such as Age Related Macular Degeneration, Cataract and Pterygium. Hence, it would be in your best interest to protect your eyes and your children eyes with sunglasses, a hat or other forms of sun-blocking mechanisms.
The Glare Declares
Even if children don’t usually spend all day under the sun and are able to block off most of the sun’s harmful rays through squinting, it would not hurt to be safe. The glare of the sun can be intense and improper exposure can still cause some side effects such as dizziness, sun spots or irritation from the intense heat.
Tips to Protect your Child from Harmful Sunlights
Here are some tips from Prevent Blindness America to help protect your child eyesight from UV rays:
Buy Children sunglasses that offer the maximum amount of protection from both types of UV rays, UV-A and UV-B. Look for 99 to 100 percentage protection. Make sure the frame sits close to the face when worn and the lenses are large to provide more coverage.
Apart from wearing sunglasses, provide your child with a wide-brim hat to protect other parts of the body from the UV rays.
Tell your kids not to look directly into the sun.
- As much as possible, ask your kids not to stay outdoors during the sun’s peak hours when the rays are at their most harmful (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)