Protect Babies' and Children's Eyes

Here are some tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for protecting babies' and children's eyes:

  • Look for sunglasses that offer protection from UVA and UVB, two types of ultraviolet light that can injure the eye.

  • Cheap sunglasses, without UV protection, actually do more harm than good because tinted lenses cause the pupils to dilate, letting in damaging UV rays.

  • Choose frames made from polycarbonates, which are less likely to break. Look for acrylic or other scratch-resistant lens material.

  • Let older children choose their sunglasses. Make sure they try them on to check for comfort.

  • Select frames with a built-in saddle for the nose. They're more durable than ones with adjustable nose pads.

  • Be aware that light-colored eyes have less pigment and are more sensitive to the sun.

  • Buy prescription sunglasses or clip-on sunglasses for children who wear prescription eyeglasses.

  • Offer brimmed hats and baseball caps to children who just won't wear sunglasses.

  • Be a good role model. Wear your own sunglasses and hats outdoors.

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