Tuesday, August 28, 2012

UV Exposure RIsk and Children

It's still summer, and boy, don't I know it! Your children are still playing outside, even if they're not yet back in school. Did you know that they might be at a greater risk for UV-related eye damage? Most eye diseases and conditions- such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancer-- develop in older age However, they often result from cumulative eye damage over our lifetimes, and 25 % of American's lifetime sun exposure occurs before age 18.  I'm going to share some important tips with you from the American Academy Of Ophthamology.

EyeSmart Tips:

1) Use sunglasses that block UV-A and UV-B rays. Sunglasses should be labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection. Choose wraparound styles so that the sun's rays can't enter from the side.

2) Wear a hat. Wear a broad-brimmed hat along with your sunglasses.

3) Remember that clouds don't block UV light.  Even on a cloudy day, the sun's rays can pass through haze and clouds. Sun damage to the eyes can occur at anytime of the year, not just summer!

4) Avoid sun exposure during peak UV hours.  Sunlight is the strongest mid-day to early afternoon (Barb's tip--- I've always been told between 10 am and 2pm , if I remember correctly.) It's also stronger at higher altitudes or when reflected off of water, ice, or snow.

5) Never look directly at the sun.  looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse. can lead to solar retinopathy, damaging the eye's retina.

6) Protect the kids.  Teach them eye safety, and follow the above tips.

Eye protection is important at any age!

UV Safety PSA (YouTube video) Watch their video on sun safety!

To learn more about UV eye safety, please visit .

Disclosure: I was given information to share from the American Academy of Ophthamology, and received no compensation.

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