Research has shown that being outside a lot is good for the development of children's eyes. But a lot of UV radiation is not. How can children's eyes best be protected?
95% of people are aware that UV radiation can cause damage to the skin. But 7% know that this also applies to the eyes, writes the Eye Hospital in Rotterdam. The damage is not immediately noticeable, but in later life it can mean the difference between seeing well and becoming partially sighted. Without proper protection, even in the shade, UV radiation can cause permanent damage to the eyes.
Children are more vulnerable to a lot of light and UV radiation than adults. Their pupil is larger and their eye lens contains less protective pigment. The eyes of children with blond hair and blue, light gray and green eyes are especially sensitive to bright sunlight because more light passes through the iris.
In addition, age plays a role: the younger the child, the more vulnerable the eyes. A hat or cap with a wide brim helps but sunglasses also filter the reflection (from the beach and water).
The closer you are to the equator, the higher the radiation. In Southern Europe, where many Dutch families spend their vacations, you have to be very careful. UV radiation is highest and therefore most dangerous in the summer between 12 and 15 hours, even on cloudy days.
Good sunglasses are therefore especially important for children! The younger the child, the more vulnerable the eyes. Make sure that the sunglasses offer 100% UV protection and that they fit well (otherwise your child will never wear them). Did you know that the bendable soft temples of Junior & Junior sunglasses are perfectly self-adjustable and hug the ear so that they always fit well and comfortably?