Don't Forget Sunglasses For The Kids

Parents always want to keep their children safe. This time of year, we do it by lathering on the sunscreen to protect their skin. But what about their eyes? Serese Cole tell us why sunglasses should also be a part of every child's summer routine.

It's a hot, sunny day at the park. While Tricia Hunt has on her shades, she says convincing her one-year-old do the same is a challenge.

"She has broken them. She just splits them apart - she doesn't understand that they need to stay on the face," said Hunt.

UNMC Opthamologist Diane Do says because a child's eyes are still developing - they need protection most.

"Excessive exposure to UV light is associated with skin cancers, which can occur around the eye lids and face and in people who have excessive exposure to sunlight - they can be at increased risk for cataracts or changes on the surface of the eye, " said Dr. Do.

Short term - a day in the sun could cause red, bloodshot eyes, swelling and light sensitivity - even sunburn of the eye.

So which glasses are best?

"This is an excellent choice for a child. This sunglass provides 100% UV protection. The fabric that it's constructed of is very durable and we also recommend for children who are very active - this back strap so it will hep stay on the child's head."

And remember...children are more likely to wear what they like. So let them pick them out.

Serese Cole, "Doctors say another good way to get your kids to wear their sunglasses , be a good role model - and wear yours, too."

"Its just important to keep them protected," said Tricia Hunt.

Even after going through three pair of sunglasses already, Tricia's not giving up. She says her child's eyes are worth it.

So what age should you begin buying sunglasses for your child?
Dr. Do says it's never too early to start. Just make sure the glasses have 100-percent UV Protection.

If you have any concerns contact your local Opthamologist or Optometrist.

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