How Can You Protect Your Children’s Eyes From Ultraviolet Rays?

Infants and children are more susceptible to UV damage because the lenses in their eyes are clearer.

Please take the following steps when taking your children outdoors:

  • Teach your children to never look directly into or stare at the sun.
  • To help ensure your children wear their sunglasses, allow them to select a style they like. Many manufacturers make frames with cartoon characters or multi-colored frames.
  • Make sure your child wears a wide-brimmed hat or a baseball-cap, which provides some UV protection, if he/she will not tolerate sunglasses.
  • Remind children to wear their sunglasses and hat even on cloudy days. Most of the sun’s rays can come through the clouds on an overcast day.
  • Try to keep children out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sun’s rays are the strongest at these hours.
  • Keep children younger than six months old out of direct sunlight. Choose the shade, a baby stroller with a canopy, or an umbrella when outside with a very young child or infant.
  • Be sure to wear your sunglasses and hat when outside. Children often follow the example of their parents.

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