Assoc. Dr. Sevil Karaman, in her statement on the negative effects of sun rays on children’s eye health and ways of protection, stated that the ultraviolet rays of the sun damage all layers of the eye.
Pointing to the increase in the amount of time children spend outside, especially in summer, Karaman said, “Sand, water and other open and bright surfaces reflect UV light more strongly. Exposure to too much UV light can damage the retina, lens, and cornea. Sunglasses that are protective against permanent sunburn should be used. warned.
Karaman stated that light-colored eyes are more prone to eye damage due to sunburn, and said:
“UV is a major threat to eye health in general. However, this risk is much higher for people with colored eyes who have low melanin ratio from birth. Sunlight damages every layer of the eye and can cause permanent vision problems in the coming years. Therefore, we should show the sensitivity of protecting our eyes from the harmful rays of the sun at all ages. The best protection from the sun for babies is a hat with a visor and the use of appropriate sunscreen. As they grow older, the use of sunglasses should be added in addition to these protection measures. When your child is playing outdoors in the summer, the ultraviolet rays of the sun can cause permanent damage to their eyes. In order to protect them from the risk of sunburn, they should wear sunglasses with impact and UV protection in accordance with ANSI Z80.3 safety standard from 6 months.
“Choose sunglasses made of polycarbonate”
Assoc. Dr. Referring to the selection of the right sunglasses for children, Karaman stated that it is necessary to make sure that the child’s sunglasses really protect their eyes.
Karaman stated that it is necessary to choose sunglasses that block 100 percent UVA and UVB rays. “It’s lightweight, so it’s not bulky for our child, but still highly impact resistant. If the lens size is, your child’s sunglasses should also cover a large part of the eye area for maximum protection. Choose sunglasses with large lenses.” used the phrases.
Stating that as in all areas of healthy life, eye health awareness should be instilled at an early age, Assoc. Dr. Karaman continued:
“Children model their parents. Model the habit of wearing good sunglasses. Wear your sunglasses when outside. Encourage them to wear sunglasses too. Remember, UV rays can also damage the eyes on cloudy days. So when you go outdoors, wear your sunglasses. Your child “When you determine the appropriate sunglasses that meet the criteria for safe and healthy, let them choose the model. Children will wear sunglasses if they like it. This attitude they will acquire at an early age will also raise awareness about eye health.”