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|The Health Benefits of Sunglasses|
A recent survey conducted by the Vision Council of Americafound that only 50% of children today own or wear sunglasses. What most parents do not realize is that it is more important for children than adults to have some sort of sun protection for their eyes from ultra violet (UV) exposure. There are two reasons for this: first, the lenses of children’s eyes are more transparent, which means that a larger percentage of harmful UV rays pass through into the eye, leaving kids more vulnerable to the effects of sun damage than adults; the second reason is that 80% of an individual’s exposure to UV in their lifetime occurs before the age of 18.
The facts are clear: because of the decreased ability of children’s eyes to block out the harmful UV rays and because of the increased amount of exposure to UV during childhood, you should always ensure that your child has some kind of protection for their eyes before heading outside. Studies conducted by the Glaucoma Research Foundation found that by reducing your child’s chronic UV exposure today, you can significantly reduce their risk of developing premature aging or wrinkles, cataracts, skin cancer, burns on the eye itself (also called photokeratitis), sun burns around the eyes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, abnormal growths on the eye (also called apterygial), and other diseases later on during their adult years--many of which can lead to blurred vision or blindness.
Vision Council of America, “UV Protection.” http://www.checkyearly.com/eye-health-101/preventive-care/uv-protection.html (accessed April 30, 2008).