Richard Meltzer 5:01 p.m., Dec. 4
Kids Need Sunglasses, Too
Health experts are reminding parents this summer that it’s just as important to protect kids’ eyes as their skin in the sun, Medical News Today reports. Even though a recent study indicates that 68 percent of adults wear sunglasses outdoors, less than 30 percent of children do.
"Parents wouldn't dream of bringing their children to the beach without sunscreen, and yet we often leave their eyes exposed to the same dangers of the sun," says Dr. Leanne Liddicoat, an optometrist with VSP Vision Care. She urges parents to equip their children with glasses rated to block both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays, the same ones that damage skin.
Other suggestions in shades shopping include looking for polarized lenses, wraparound styles, and attaching a strap to hold glasses in place while kids play.