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Your Eyes are at Risk! Take Steps to Protect Them from UV Rays

I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.

For most people, it is common knowledge that skin needs to be protected from the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Did you also know that your eyes are at risk of damage from UV rays? Taking steps now to protect your eyes and your kid’s eyes is vital!

Real Kids Shades Sunglasses and Hat

In our family, we definitely use sunscreen when outside, and this year we’ve started using sunglasses on the kids. Hubby and I often wear sunglasses, as well. I say often because this is something we are still working on and we sometimes forget them. I have the prescription glasses that turn into sunglasses when in the sun but I also have contacts and when I wear them I use regular sunglasses when outside. Protecting your eyes from the sun is so important and if you’ve not been taking steps to protect them, please read this and start!

Why are UV Rays Dangerous to Your Eyes?

Researchers estimate that a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18 and that children’s annual dose of radiation may be up to three times that of adults. That’s why it is so important to protect children’s eyes with appropriate eye wear. More is better when it comes to protecting your eyes in the sun.

Did you know that while direct sunlight can be extremely damaging to the eyes, reflected UV rays can be even more dangerous? HealthyWomen.Org reports that “fresh snow reflects as much as 80 percent of UV radiation; dry sand about 15 percent; and sea foam about 25 percent. And, because you’re more likely to look down than up, more UV light is reflected directly into your eyes. Hats with brims offer no protection from reflected UV rays.”

Ways You Can Protect Your Family’s Eyes

  • Sunglasses
  • A wide-brimmed hat
  • Umbrella to block the sun
  • UV-blocking contact lenses

Sunglasses and sunhats can make a huge difference when protecting the eyes. If you start the habit when your kids are young it will be easy and it will be second nature for them! If you go to the beach or you are sitting outside letting the kids play, protect yourselves even more with a sun umbrella or allow the kids to play under a carport, or a shaded area with their sunglasses and sunhats on. When shopping for sunglasses, look for glasses labeled as blocking at least 99 percent of UV rays.
Click here for more tips on protecting your eyes from the sun.

Many contact lenses don’t offer UV protection and, in fact, most do not. Ask your eye care professional about lenses with UV blocking for an added layer of protection. ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses, or for those who prefer a daily disposable contact lens, 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Contact Lenses, offer the highest level of UV-blocking available in a contact lens.* If you chose to use contact lens, click here for tips on proper contact lens wear and care.

The Eye Health Center at HealthyWomen.Org can provide you with many more tips and tricks to protect your family’s eyes from UV rays.

How does your family protect their eyes from the sun?

 

*Please note that although UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays entering into the eye, long-term clinical studies have not been done to show that they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition. That is why they should always be worn in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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