A few months ago I was out walking with my family and overheard a boy saying to his mother “mum the sun hurts my eyes. Can I have sunglasses?” His mother replied “Kids don’t need sunglasses.”
I notice that she was wearing sunglasses and that her son was squinting. When I looked around I notice that very few other children were wearing sunglasses. While I saw more girls than boys wearing them, many looked more like a ‘fashion accessory’ than for sun protection.
Our son has been wearing sunglasses from the time he was a tiny baby. I simply thought that his eyes would be even more sensitive to the sun than mine, I saw many babies squinting and shutting their eyes when exposed to direct sunlight and there were baby sunglasses at optometrist so I bought them.
I was only assuming the importance of sunglasses for children and I thought it was time to seek the advice of an expert! So, I decided to investigate further and interviewed optometrist Dr Katrina Chim from Proview Optical in Chatswood, NSW.
Dr Katrina confirmed that all children need to wear UV protective sunglasses as UV rays can cause short-term and long term damage to children’s eyes. Watch the short video below for expert advice on good eye health for children in the age range of toddlers to teenagers.
In this interview you’ll find out:
- Why your child (baby too) needs to wear UV protective sunglasses that meet Australian standards as part of good eye health.
- How UV rays can hurt your child’s eyes both in the short term and long term.
- Why children who don’t protect their eyes are more prone to age related eye diseases.
- Choosing the best sunglasses.
- Why sunglasses are just one part of overall sun protection for your children.
This is such an important interview, for your child’s long-term eye health, please find a few minutes to watch.
Dr Kim also suggests that you use UV protective sunglasses that meet the Australian Standards in combination with other UV protection measures for your kids such as:
- Remaining in the shade
- Wearing a hat
- Applying Sunscreen
Remember slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, slop on some sunscreen and slide on some sunglasses and you’ll keep your kids safe in the sun!