Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 4, 2010)---Summer is in full force and the sun is shining. Spending more time outside, families normally remember the sunscreen, however one item that parents sometimes forget to give their kids is sunglasses. And since children’s eyes have ahead of them a lifetime of damaging UV rays, this is critical.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the longer summer days and increased time spent outdoors mean children are more at risk from the sun’s damaging UV rays.
Jeffrey Lupovitch, M.D., a Botsford Hospital ophthalmologist, says, “Over the long-term, the sun can cause irreversible harm to all structures of the eye and surrounding structures that are left under protected. Short term damage may be difficult to detect, but like our skin, our eyes never recover from excessive UV exposure.”
As part of Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month, which takes place in August, Dr. Lupovitch offers the following tips for protecting your children’s eyes:
Only use sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV-A and UV-B protection.
Wear wrap-around sunglasses that fit properly to protect the eyes from all angles.
Wear a hat.
Choose shatterproof polycarbonate lenses.
So, when you plan to be outdoors, remember to wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to protect your children and yourself from the sun.
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