Spring has sprung and the time for outdoor sports is quickly approaching! You might pack up your kid’s sporting gear, the sunscreen, the water bottle – are you forgetting their protective eyewear though? Just like sunscreen protects their skin from potential damage from the sun, the right eye protection protects them from the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States – eye injuries.
Each year, there are nearly 100,000 cases of sports-related eye injuries, with associated costs topping $175 million. In 9 out of 10 cases, the injury could have been prevented had the child worn protective eyewear. It is important to note that vision correction eyewear, such as contact lenses and eyeglasses – or even sunglasses – are not sufficient protection. Eye guards, goggles, safety glasses or shields must be worn in order to protect against injury.
If your child’s sporting activity does not require the use of protective eyewear, insisting it be implemented might make all the difference for your child or someone else’s. Anytime your child is faced with an object moving directly towards their face, there is an inherent risk of significant eye injury.
Keeping our children active is great for their health and development – just as we would protect them with helmets and elbow or knee guards, we must also protect them with wraparound eye protection. They have one pair of eyes, and a lifetime of sights to see!
Dr. Darrell Pickard is a member of the the Memorial Road Church of Christ. He recently donated his time and skills as an ophthalmologist to help give Luz the gift of sight. Click here to read the article.
Spring is the perfect time to get off your couch and get moving outside. However, when you have a little one, getting outside isn’t as simple as walking out the door. Not only do you need to pack a diaper bag full of necessities but you also need to make sure their skin and eyes are shielded from the sun. You know that you should put sunscreen on your baby’s skin but how can you care for their eyes? From wearing a UV-proof hat to sunglasses, this article will discuss a few ways you can shield your baby’s eyes from the sun. Read on to learn more.
One of the easiest ways to make sure your baby’s eyes are protected from the sun is to make sure they are wearing a hat, and not just any hat but a UV-proof one. Made from material that is designed with extra layers to keep the sun out, a UV-proof that will not only protect your baby’s skin but it will also protect their eyes.
Another easy and effective way to shield your little one’s eyes from the sun is to make sure that you are using your stroller cover when outside. In fact, many stroller covers now contain a UV lining to help keep the sun out even more.
One of the hardest things to get a baby to wear is sunglasses. Although they are an extremely effective way to protect your little one’s eyes, they are also almost impossible to keep on their faces. When choosing sunglasses for your baby, make sure that they aren’t too tight because they may cause headaches. Additionally, look for a pair that has an elastic back that wraps around their head to help prevent them from falling off.
It’s hard enough to keep your eyes protected from the sun, but it can be even harder to protect your baby’s eyes. Luckily, by using the tips listed above, you can make sure your child stays safe and comfortable for the rest of the warmer months. To learn more about vision care, contact Precision Vision today!