As spring and summer approach, it’s important to keep your child protected and reduce their exposure to the harmful effects of UV light.
Despite the fact youngster’s eyes are more vulnerable to damage from the sun than adults, parents are twice as likely to put sunscreen on their children, rather than make them wear sunglasses.
Research conducted on behalf of children’s eyewear brand monkey monkey®, reveals that nearly half (46%) of mums and dads will always apply sunscreen on a sunny day, compared with just 23% who make their kids put sunglasses on.
Here are the 3 reasons why you should protect their peepers:
1. Children receive more annual sun exposure than adults because of the amount of time they spend outdoors.
When it comes to eye health most parents don’t realise 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to harmful UV light happens before the age of 18 (according to the World Health Organisation).
2. Children’s eyes are not yet fully developed, so they have less natural protection from the harmful effects of UV light.
Children’s pupils are larger than adults, meaning they let in more UV light.
Their crystalline lens is more transparent, meaning it is less efficient at filtering out UV light.
3. Short-term temporary consequences of excessive exposure to UV light to children can be both harmful and painful, such as:
Hyper-sensitivity to light.
Sunburn of the eye, known as ‘photokeratitus’ that can cause vision loss for up to 48 hours.
About monkey monkey®
The monkey monkey range has been developed with paramount importance placed upon the protection of children’s eyes. All our glasses provide UVA/UVB protection and include a free case and cleaning cloth. All our lenses are UV400 and bear the European CE mark.
The collection was designed with mini-me in mind and has colourful array of styles from cool aviators and practical foldable frames, through to oversized cateye frames to tropical prints. The glasses range from age 3 – 11 years.
To view the full range of protective sunglasses for children visit: http://bit.ly/2J66Dk3 .