02 Mar

Protect Your Child from UV Damage

We all know that Ultraviolet light (UV) is bad for our eyes, but most of us still don’t do much about it.  

UV exposure gives you an increased risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis.  

Just as with protecting your children’s risk of skin cancer in the future by applying sunblock when they are exposed to the sun now, it’s also  important to protect their eyes now from cumulative damage caused by UV light.  UV damage is cumulative and starts adding up as soon as your child is exposed to the sun.  There are some easy ways to protect their eyes, and it’s never too late to apply them to yourself and any loved one to start limiting the damage your eyes are receiving.

Wear Sunglasses or Prescription Glasses with UV Protection Daily

Even when it’s cloudy outside, UV light is still hitting your eyes.  The easiest way to prevent damage is to have kids wear sunglasses or prescription glasses with UV protection any time they’re outside.  Prescription glasses can be clear and still have UV protection built in.  If you’re not sure if yours provide protection, you can find sunglasses to clip on to your prescription glasses or fit over them, or get a pair of prescription sunglasses to have for outdoor wear.

Wear a Hat

Hats are a great way to add in extra protection for your eyes and face.  Any broad brimmed hat or baseball cap will work to shade your eyes and limit the UV light that hits your eyes.

Stay Inside When the UV Index is Highest

The UV Index forecast at http://www.bom.gov.au/uv/index.shtml is a great tool to help you know when the chances for damaging UV rays are strongest.  Any time the index is over an 8 or 9 you should try to keep your kids and yourself inside or in the shade as much as possible.  

Have an Annual Eye Exam

Early detection and treatment of eye problems or damage is very important.  The sooner the problems are detected the more effectively they can be treated.  An annual eye exam is essential for keeping your kids eyes and vision healthy.  Your optometrist can also advise you on the correct eyewear for daily UV protection and help you find something your kids will love to wear.

Learn more at: http://www.hoffoptometry.com/blog/eyewear-uv-protection-every-day/

 


About Us

Optical Warehouse is a family-run business free of corporate interference and fully Queensland owned and operated. It was started in 2003 by Peter Wheeler, an optometrist who fully supervises and oversees the quality of products used by the company.

Our aim is to provide quality known brands of frames and superb quality lenses at the lowest prices. We were the first company to do this in Queensland and will not lower our standards in any way.

All our profits stay and are spent in Queensland. They do not go overseas like some of our opposition.