Sunglasses are not only for fashion, they protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation.
It’s Important for Children to Wear Sunglasses!
Children are more susceptible to retinal damage from UV rays because the lens inside a child's eye is clearer than an adult lens, enabling more UV to penetrate deep into the eye. The World Health Organization states that "up to 80% of a person's lifetime exposure to UV radiation is reached before age 18".
UV radiation can cause the following conditions:
Up to 10% of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid and surrounding area.
The World Health Organization reports that, worldwide, approximately 900,000 people are blind because of cataracts, cloudiness in the lens of the eye, triggered by UV exposure.
Over time UV light may play a role in damaging the macula lutea (an area of the eye with millions of light-sensing cells, which allow us to see fine details clearly), potentially leading to blurriness and vision loss.
Many insurance companies are also realizing these benefits and will now cover sunglasses as well. Please check with your insurance company.