Summer Sun Protective Tips for the Eyes

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*I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.

As a kid my mom always gave me the line, “don’t look at the sun, you’ll go blind!” So of course what exactly does a curious kid like myself go and do? I look  at the sun. And then spend the next 10 minutes trying to catch the imaginary yellow spots in my vision.

And now that I’m a mom, I’m telling my kids the same thing. But I’m also going a step further to protect their precious eyes (and mine). Sun exposure protection for the eyes isn’t just about avoiding those little brown spots on the cheeks or wrinkles around the eyes. It’s about the fact that researchers estimate that a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18 and that children’s annual dose of radiation may be up to three times that of adults.

Summer is here and that means more sun and UV ray exposure than ever. As parents we want to do everything possible to make sure our kids grow up safe and healthy, that also means protecting their eyes with appropriate eyewear. If you’re planning to be out in the sun, the best protection is a combination of sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and for some, UV-blocking contact lenses*. As a contact lens wearer myself, I wasn’t even aware that a UV-blocking option was available until recently.

Ask your eye care professional about lenses with UV blocking for an added layer of protection. ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses, or for those who prefer a daily disposable contact lens, 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Contact Lenses, offer the highest level of UV-blocking available in a contact lens.

UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays entering into the eye but long-term clinical studies have not been done to show that they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition. That is why they should always be worn in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

I’ve been wearing contact lenses since I was about 12 and up until now, I’ve never heard of UV blocking lenses. They’ve always been worn (for me) to help improve vision and my physical appearance. Since I’m due for a new prescription, I’m definitely going to ask about an ACUVUE fitting to see if they’re right for me.

You might also be surprised to learn that some of your favorite summer activities also put your eyes at risk from not only direct but reflected UV rays too! The sun rays bounce right off shiny lakes, sandy beaches and even grassy fields. That’s why we’ve almost always got our kids’ eyes protected with sunglasses whether we’re fishing at the pond or running through the sprinkler in the backyard.

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And for the kids that are hesitent to wear sunglasses, there are some really cute options out there these days. My daughters love the more sassy glasses with dark shades and colorful plastic frames. For babies, you can even find cute sunglasses with a strap to hold them in place around their little head.

How do you keep your kids eyes protected in the sun?

For more information on protecting your eyes from sun check out the HealthyWomen.org Eye Health Center. You can also get tips for proper wear and care of contact lenses.

 

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  1. I find it SO hard to keep my kids in sunglasses, they are forever taking them off. This is a good reminder to get my kiddos so glasses for their trip to Florida.

  2. I think sunglasses are a great way to keep their eyes protected and it’s all about making good habits while they are younger.

  3. I got the boys sun glasses a few weeks ago and it’s become habit to wear them pretty much all the time when we are outside! Got to protect those gorgeous eyes. :)