WHY YOUR CHILD’S EYES STILL NEED UV PROTECTION IN WINTER
During summer the harmful effects of the sun are front-of-mind for many parents, but when the colder months arrive, it can be harder to keep in mind the importance of protecting children’s eyes from the effects of UV exposure.
Carrying a ton of sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat may be a little much for most winter days, but when the sun peeks through the clouds and your child wants to be outside, it’s important to make sure they’re still protected from UV rays in order to mitigate the potential damage.
In Optometry Australia’s guide to a healthy eye environment for children, the professional association suggests that UV protection is part of supporting good eye health and vision for children over time. This is because UV radiation can cause significant harm to the eye, and is related to a number of conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts later in life.
Children are also more prone to damage from UV exposure than adults, due to more fragile tissue. It makes sense then that UV eye protection is just as important for children – if not more so – than it is for adults.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, UV levels and temperature aren’t directly linked, but exposure is determined by the amount of sunlight. Reduced UV levels in winter stem from the angle of the sun, and the amount of shade provided. However, UV rays are still present when exposed to sunlight, even if the temperature is cold.
When choosing glasses with UV protection for your child, some general advice is to avoid toy or costume sunglasses, and look for reputable brands of lenses with 100% UV protection.
UV damage can be a hard concept for children to understand, and as a result, it’s often not clear to them why they need to remember to put different glasses on when they step outside. Photochromic lenses – those that change from clear to tinted based on exposure to light – are a great way to provide your child with the prescription they need for their eyesight, while still protecting their eyes from UV, in one pair of glasses.
With Transitions® Adaptive LensesTM, your child can wear the same pair of glasses that they’re already used to, and receive protection all-year-round without you needing to think of it.
Your optometrist can provide expert advice on caring for your children’s eyes and protection from UV. Ask about Transitions® Adaptive LensesTM for kids to learn more about this convenient solution.
About Transitions Lenses
Transitions Lenses are designed to be worn all day long, outdoors and indoors. The lenses quickly adapt to changes in light, protecting your child’s eyes from strain and UV light without them having to remember to change pairs. You can get them in virtually every frame, style, size and prescription.
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