When children go out in the sun it is very normal for us to worry in protecting your skin from strong sunlight, to avoid burns and other problems.
However, parents often forget about the effects of ultraviolet radiation in other areas. The damaging effects of the sun's rays represent a risk not only for children's skin but also for their eyes.
Only 34 percent of Spanish parents with children between 5 and 8 years old force their children to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes, and almost a discreet 4 percent force them to wear clear lenses to protect their sight from this type of radiation.
This lack of information on the negative effects of solar radiation on children's eyesight is alarming if we consider that the World Health Organization (WHO), estimates that 20 percent of the 16 million cases of blindness that are recorded every year as a result of cataracts or glaucoma, are due to overexposure to radiation.
To ensure the visual health of children, it is necessary, according to experts:
1- Take the child for a visual review before the first year of life.
2- Carry out a routine visual examination with a specialist, at least once a year.
3- That the children use suitable lenses to block UV radiation and protect your eyes safely.
4- It is recommended that the type of lens used by a child with myopia or another visual problem be of variable color, to avoid the need for the child to wear two pairs of glasses. Photochromic lenses change from light to dark depending on the intensity of sunlight.
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