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Tips to protect children's eyes from the sun


We are very aware with the need to protect the skin of our children from the sun's rays. For this reason, we insist on applying protective cream, to prevent UV rays and UVA rays from damaging them and causing burns and in the long run, some greater evil.

However, we do not realize that those same solar rays also directly affect the eyes, and that the eyes of our children are a sensitive area that we must protect. Therefore, we give you the best tips to protect children's eyes from the sun, according to the optometrist José Ramón Carrasco.

Children's eyes are more sensitive than those of an adult, so they should be protected. And, just like adults we wear sunglasses, we must also insist that our children wear them. Remember that sunlight hits the eyes directly through three different radiations:

- Visible light: the light that 'dazzles' us.

- Ultraviolet light: It is a part of the spectrum of non-visible light, which is divided into UVA rays (mainly responsible for skin aging), UVB rays (causing sunburn) and UVC rays (the most harmful, but mostly absorbed by the atmosphere ).

- Infrared light: It is the part of the light that gives us a feeling of 'warmth'. It is very harmful to the eyes, since it affects the deepest layers of the eye.

On summer days, when the light is especially intense, we must always remember to carry sunglasses close by. Also, sunglasses all children can use it, since they are babies. But ... on what occasions is its use recommended ?:

- On the beach.

- On sunny days.

- In the snow.

- In the mountain.

What we have to think is that, just like an adult the light or the reflection of the sun in the snow, bothers and hurts a child, even more. Y no need to wear sunglasses all day, but only in specific moments or situations in which they are needed. And when? When an adult feels the need to put on sunglasses because they feel dazzled or the light bothers them, it is an indication that we should also offer our child sunglasses.

They exist in the market different qualities in sunglasses:

- Poor quality glasses: They are those that are sold as sunglasses but in reality they are a colored plastic that filters a part of the light but that can have problems such as lenses with an irregular curve that are as if we were wearing prescription glasses for astigmatism.

- Glasses with UV filter: most approved glasses include an ultraviolet light filter.

- Glasses with infrared filter: They are lenses that also include a filter part for infrared light, which is the one that gives us a feeling of 'heat'.

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