Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays may eventually lead to vision problems. This is why Park Slope Eye emphasizes the importance of protecting your children’s eyes whenever they’re spending time outdoors. Here, your local pediatric eye doctor explains why children should wear sunglasses.
Their Eyes Are Still Developing
Children 10 years and younger are at a higher risk of experiencing UV-induced eye problems, as their eyes are still developing. Some common eye conditions positively associated with solar radiation are cataracts and macular degeneration. Children’s skin around their eyes and on their eyelids is also more sensitive than adults’ skin, increasing their risk of developing eye sunburn and dry eyes. Encouraging your kids to wear sunglasses is the simplest and most effective way to prevent these problems.
They Spend More Time Outside
Kids love to spend time playing outdoors. The bright sunlight, however, can quickly oversaturate their delicate and vulnerable eyes. This is why it’s so important to remind your kids to wear sunglasses before heading outside. During your clinic visit, we can upgrade your children’s prescription eyeglasses to photochromic ones for added protection.
At Park Slope Eye, we have a wide range of sunglasses available in different colors and designs. We suggest letting your children pick a pair they like, as this will help encourage them to actually wear their new specs. Our sunglasses are made of high-quality materials with 100% UV protection.
We also offer effective dry eye treatment to improve your visual comfort. Schedule an appointment to learn more about our eye care services. We serve families in Brooklyn, NY, and surrounding communities.