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Protection of children, do not forget by their eyes


Days at the beach, lazy days, days at the pool, picnics, outings on the farm or in the city, that sums up the agenda of all parents for the summer with the children.

When getting ready to leave the house, do we always do that final check before closing the door, keys, purse, diapers, a change of clothes, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses? We cover our little ones with sunscreen, but it's easy to forget to protect their eyes.

Even on a cloudy day, our children's eyes are exposed to sunlight, and young eyes cannot filter UV rays as effectively as adults. Just because we can't see the sun doesn't mean harmful UV rays aren't present. We've probably all gotten sunburned at one point or another on a cloudy day! Remember that sand and water also reflect more light. Whether on a beach, a lake or a river, there is more UV scattered.

Children have larger pupils than adults, and their eye structure is clearer due to their young age. UV-A rays can therefore more easily pass through the cornea of the eye and reach the lens and the retina. While UV-B rays cannot pass through glass or plastic, they can still cause eye damage if your child does not wear sunglasses, and UV-C can cause cancer. It is estimated that about 5 to 10% of all cancers are around the eye, and about 25% of UV damage to the eyes occurs before the age of 18. Our children's eyes must last them for many years - their life expectancy could exceed ours by decades.

Practical advice

  • The protection levels of sunglasses vary, so they are divided into filter categories.
  • Category three lenses provide UV protection up to the wavelength of 400 nanometers, the high end of the UV spectrum.
  • When purchasing a pair of sunglasses for your child, look for Category 3 or UV400 markings.
  • For optimal protection, choose a frame that is relatively large but well-fitting.
  • Look for lightweight materials and flexible hinges.
  • If you're having trouble keeping your child on them, try a sports headband.
  • A wide-brimmed hat also provides a bit of eye shadow when the sun is high in the sky, so the hat and sunglasses provide the best overall protection.
  • There are also sunglasses for athletic models, and prescription sunglasses can easily be made for children.

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