Saturday, September 6, 2014

SHOULD WE LET OUR KIDS WEAR SUNGLASSES?

As we know that "Our eyes need sunlight. We shouldn't avoid being in the sun.", "Sunlight exposure does a lot of good things for our bodies — like driving melatonin production — and is important for the sleep cycle. But we just don't want too much of a good thing.", so remember that the key is "balance".

There is a lot of research that shows the harmful effects of too much sunlight for a child's eyes, sunlight overexposure can lead to aging of the lens and retina damage. Children with fair skin tend to have lighter-colored eyes and are more vulnerable to too much sun exposure, while parents should take caution with every little looker's sun exposure.

Did you ever notice how cute kids are in sunglasses?  Like those "fashion statement" sunglasses with a cool super-hero look or trimmed in teddy bear faces? More importantly, sunglasses may save their skin and eyes later in life by blocking the sun's powerful ultraviolet rays (UVR). 
Children under age 10 are at a high risk for skin and eye damage from UVR. The skin on their eyelids and around their eyes is more delicate and vulnerable than adult skin. "And until about age 10, the lens of a child's eye is clear, allowing greater solar penetration and thus greater UVR-induced ocular changes," explains Adelaide A. Hebert, MD, professor and vice chair of dermatology, University of Houston. "After that, the lens starts to become more opaque, providing better protection."
UVR exposure causes 90 percent of all skin cancers. In addition, retinal exposure to UVR is associated with cataracts and macular degeneration, both causes of vision impairment.  UVR damage builds over time, so the sooner you start protecting your children's eyes from the sun, the lower their risk will be of ever developing future eye problems.
Fortunately, good sunglasses protect both the skin around the eye and the eye itself.  While children under 6 months old should never be exposed to the sun, once they reach 6 months, they should wear sunglasses outside. If they require prescription glasses, they should also wear prescription sunglasses......Click HERE to read more.
"We need to teach children early the importance of wearing sunglasses – just as we teach them to brush their teeth and wear a seatbelt, so that they develop good habits that last for life," concludes Dr. Hebert.




1 comment:

  1. I think this shouldn't a problems, to let our kids to wear sunglasses, just to protect the eye from UV sunbeam.... If you need to buy children eye wear, you can go to Malaya Optical, an Eye Specialist in PJ, Uptown Damansara! A family eye care centre that provides premium professional eye care services for patients by creating a different and unique experiences. We has Branded Sunglasses like Rayban Aviator or Rayban Wayfarer, Sports Eye Wear, Branded Frames, Transition Lenses, Progressive Lenses, Digital Lenses.

    ReplyDelete