Summer's not over yet: make sure your kids eyes are protected

Summer's not over yet: make sure your kids eyes are protected

“Kids spend a lot of time in the sun in the summer months. Parents remember the sunscreen, but oftentimes forget about the sunglasses” - in this story Dr. Jacquot, Vice President - Clinical Director and Vision Care Operations at LensCrafters, points out the importance of UV protection for kids. Follow his tips for keeping your children’s eyes safe this summer!

Summer's not over yet: make sure your kids eyes are protected
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With summer in full-swing, a recent article in The Wall Street Journal highlights the importance of UV protection for kids. While the harmful effects of the sun to your skin and proper sun protection is well known, not many parents understand the damage that the sun has on young eyes.

“Kids spend a lot of time in the sun in the summer months. Parents remember the sunscreen, but oftentimes forget about the sunglasses. Kids and teens are even more susceptible to damage from overexposure to UV rays so you want to make sure that their sunglasses block out 100% of UVA and UVB,” suggests Dr. Mark Jacquot, Vice President – Clinical Director and Vision Care Operations at LensCrafters. In addition to his role in the Luxottica’s Retail Chain, Dr. Jacquot has been listed as one of Optometry’s Top Influencers by Vision Monday and is a member of the American Optometric Association.

“Studies have shown that 25% of a person’s lifetime UV exposure occurs before age 18. The take-home message is the earlier you can get your children in the habit of wearing sunglasses, the better off they will be in the long run.”

Whether engaging in sports, going to summer camp or family trips to the beach, Dr. Jacquot, has the following tips for keeping your children’s eyes safe this summer: 

  • Wear sunglasses: A child’s lens allows nearly 70% more UV rays to reach the delicate retina than that of an adult and long term sun exposure can put children at risk for debilitating diseases such as cataracts or macular degeneration as they grow older. It is extremely important that your child wear sunglasses that are rated to block both UVA and UVB radiation all summer long.
  • Wear protective eyewear while playing sports: Approximately 18,000 sports-related eye injuries are seen in U.S. emergency rooms every year. Such injuries are easily preventable with the proper eyewear. Children should wear polycarbonate goggles for sports like baseball, tennis, basketball, and racket ball.
  • Wear impact resistant glasses: If your child wears glasses, it is always essential that they be impact resistant but this is especially important during the summer months when their activity level tends to increase. Every pair of glasses sold at LensCrafters is pre-tested for impact resistance before being sold in the store.

For more information about LensCrafters or to schedule an eye exam visit www.LensCrafters.com

Published on Jul 30 2014