Monday, July 18, 2011

Note from Nurse Jill - July is Eye Safety and UV Protection Month

Do children need sunglasses?

Yes. Children are at special risk from harmful effects of UV Rays, since their eyes do not have the same ability as adults to protect from UV radiation.

Here are some helpful suggestions for choosing sunglasses for children:
  • Check to make sure the sunglasses fit well and are not damaged.
  • Choose sunglasses that fit your child's lifestyle - the lens should be impact resistant and should not pop out of the frames.
  • Choose lenses that are large enough to shield the eyes from most angles.
  • Find a wide brimmed hat for your child to wear along with the sunglasses.  This will give your child extra protection against the sun. NOTE: Wearing a hat can cut the amount of UV rays that reach the eyes in half.