Recently, The Vision Council, an organization that dedicates itself to educating the public about eye health, reported some startling revelations about the sun’s ultraviolet rays and their effects on our eyes. In a study performed by the council, Newsmax reports that even though 75 percent of Americans are concerned about harmful ultraviolet rays, only about 31 percent of these people actively protect their eyes with hats, sunglasses or other protective eyewear.
Just how dangerous are these UV rays?
Prolonged exposure to UV rays can result in red or swollen eyes, eye irritation and trouble seeing, and these side effects can be even more dangerous for children. It is important to protect the eyes at every age, but children are particularly at risk. Sun and UV damage to their when they are young can lead to long-term effects later in life, like macular degeneration or cataracts.
The survey also found some interesting correlations between children and their parents. It proved that parents are much more likely to wear protective eyewear than their children, showing how important it is for parents to lead by example. If you’re wearing sunglasses, you should make sure that your children are, too.
How can you protect yourself and your children?
First, buy some protective eyewear. Knowing the effects of UV rays, actively shop for glasses that state that they offer UVA and UVB protection. You should also purchase sunglasses that are conducive to the activities your children engage in. So if they play a lot of outdoor baseball or cycling, for example, you want to buy eyewear that protects them while they are involved in those activities.
It is important to protect our children to avoid any potential health issues that could become problems when they’re older. Showing proper eye care now is the best way to keep them away from vision issues, and establish health-conscious sun protection behaviors for life. Don’t forget, though – the sun is not damaging only to children, you may be at risk too!
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