Summer’s just around the corner, and you probably have lots of outdoor time planned with your family. While spending time with your little ones outdoors is exciting, don’t forget to protect their sensitive eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Here’s what your eye care center suggests you do:
Remind Them to Wear Sunglasses With Ultraviolet Protection
Children’s eyes can be more sensitive than adults’, giving you more reason to ensure your kids don sunglasses with UV protection during the summer months. Otherwise, they may develop photokeratitis or photoconjunctivitis. In addition, too much sun exposure may cause cataracts in the long run.
Have Them Use Goggles When Swimming
Swimming pools contain chlorine, a harsh chemical that can damage your child’s cornea. On the other hand, the sea, ocean and other bodies of water may contain organisms and impurities that may cause eye infections or irritations. This is why your eye doctor recommends having your kids wear goggles whenever they go for a swim.
Encourage Them to Apply Sunscreen and Wear Hats
The skin around your eyes is very thin, which is why it’s important that your children apply sunscreen around this area. But be careful not to have the sunblock come in direct contact with their eyes. Another thing you can do to protect your children’s eyes during summer is to have them wear caps and hats, especially wide-brimmed ones. Doing so can block the sun’s rays from directly entering their eyes. Hats and caps shield the skin around your kids’ eyes too.
Schedule a Visit to the Eye Clinic
The single, most effective way to keep your children’s eyes in good health no matter the season is to schedule them for regular eye exams. This way, we can regularly monitor any irregularities with their eyes. We can also suggest ways to maintain their vision for a long time.
To learn more tips on protecting your kids’ eyes this summer, call us at (757) 772-0086. You can also fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve Virginia Beach and the surrounding VA communities.