Eye Protection From the Sun Especially Important for Kids
Taken from Wall Street Journal article published July 8, 2014
"Most parents are careful to spread sunscreen on their children. One risk from the sun that often gets overlooked: damage to young eyes.
Vision-care experts are stepping up efforts to raise awareness of the danger of overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, which is cumulative and irreversible. Children and adolescents are especially vulnerable to the sun's rays because their ocular lenses aren't yet mature and can't filter UV light as effectively as adults, causing damage to the retina. The average child takes in about three times the annual UV exposure of the average adult, and an estimated 25% of a person's lifetime exposure occurs before age 18."