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Too many children do not wear sunglasses when playing outdoors, even though they are the most vulnerable to the sun's rays. Find out why it is important to protect your children with a good pair of sunglasses from an early age!
In general, a child's eye is not developed enough to cope with the sun's UV rays.
The extreme sensitivity of children's eyes to the sun's rays can be explained by two factors:~
- Lens development~
Have you ever caught your child looking directly at sunlight without blinking?
Without seeming to experience any discomfort?
For little ones, blinking is not yet fully operational. The reflex that enables them to close their eyes to protect themselves from bright light is not yet fully developed. They are therefore able to withstand intense light without blinking.
This ability to look at the sun for long periods of time without any pain or discomfort thus increases the impact of the sun's rays on their vision.
There are many risks:
> watery eyes
> intolerance to light
> inadvertent eye rubbing
> early onset of cataracts
> macular degeneration (AMD)
Some symptoms can be immediate and others appear gradually with age. Just like for skin, we have a "vision quota": we all have a quantity of UV rays that our eye can absorb and each UV ray that reaches the eye consumes this quota. The younger the child, the more UV rays are dangerous. It is therefore important to wear sunglasses from an early age.
Good to know: Sunglasses should not be worn only when your child is exposed to direct sunlight! Even if your child is protected by a parasol on the beach or in the snow, the reflection of sand, water and snow emits a quantity of UV from below that reaches the eye.
Added to this is a second constraint: children, because of their young age, are not aware of these risks and do not always want to wear their sunglasses: this does not make things any easier! That is why it is important for your child's sunglasses to be comfortable and well adapted to the size of their face so that they are not bothered by them.