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Importance of Sunglasses for Children

By DuPage Medical Group Ophthalmology

Children’s eyes are more susceptible to UV radiation because a child’s lens doesn't filter out UV radiation like an adult's.

According to the American Optometric Association’s annual American Eye-Q survey, “Only 17% of parents make sure their children are wearing sunglasses when they are wearing sunscreen.”  Compared with adults, children receive three times the amount of UV radiation annually.  Parents should be aware that children are exposed to UV radiation even on cloudy days or during the winter when glare of the snow can cause direct UV exposure.

The American Optometric Association recommends that you should be wearing sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. The best way to monitor your children’s eye health is by scheduling a yearly comprehensive eye exam.

Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health & Eye Care

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Pediatrics Ophthalmology
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