The risk of eye damage from the sun's UV rays is cumulative meaning the danger continues to grow as we spend more and more time in the sun throughout our lifetime.
For this reason, UV protection should begin in early childhood for greatest benefits.
A child's retina is more susceptible to UV rays because the lens inside a child's eye is clearer than an adult lens, enabling more UV to penetrate deep into the eye.
The potential of UV damage to children's eyes is heightened by the fact that kids tend to spend more time outdoors than most adults. In fact, researchers say nearly half of a person's lifetime exposure to ultraviolet radiation occurs by age 18.
For adequate eye protection, sunglasses should be considered essential outdoor wear for infants and children of all ages whether or not your child needs corrective lenses for nearsightedness or other vision problems.
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