Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunglasses. Not just a cute accessory!

Here is a link about eye care and the sun which should begin in infancy. It is recommended that infants under the age of 6 months not be out in direct sunlight at all. However, it is important to protect the eyes even when in indirect sunlight. When children over 6 months are in the sun, they need to be slathered in sun cream to protect their skin but they also need to wear sunglasses that are reliably protective against uva and uvb rays. Exposure to the suns radiation in childhood can cause a build up of damage to the eyes which is seen later in life, just as it does to the skin.

It is important to be sure that sunglasses are reliable. There are many street vendors here who sell sunglasses but it is not certain that they are more than just tinted glass. Buy glasses for your children at a reliable eye wear shop, especially if you live in a country that does not have reliable consumer protection standards.

 There are some suggestions as to how to keep sunglasses on small babies. One thing is that if you start putting them on before your child is 6 months old, he/she may not find it so important to take them off when he/she is able to. It will be a part of the routine of being outside. The following article discusses the reasons in more depth and a few tactics to help your child adjust to wearing sunglasses. The picture is also theirs.

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