The Importance of Children’s Eyecare in the Sun

Did you know that 80% of lifetime exposure to uv light occurs by the age of 18? And that the average annual dose of uv for a child is 3 times that of an adult?


Children’s pupils are larger than adults and their crystalline lens inside their eyes are clearer, therefore allowing more light, including uv light, reach the  back of the eye, called the retina.

Cataracts and macular degeneration are both a result of exposure to uv light.  

In Ireland,our uv exposure is just as high in the winter as it is in the summer, and it doesn’t have to be blue sky day to have high uv light levels.

The time of day when uv light is most damaging to the eyes is mid morning and mid afternoon, the opposite to uv skin exposure, which is in the middle of the day.

It is so important to invest in good quality sunglasses with high quality lenses from a reliable and trusted source who has your eye health as their top priority.  Keep your sunglasses scratch free.  Any damage to the lenses can negate the uv filtration effect. Make sure they fit you well and feel comfortable as well as suiting your lifestyle and visual requirements.

So next time you see a cute baby wearing sunglasses remember that it’s not just for fashion or to help us tolerate sunlight or glare that we need sunglasses,they are also a vital part of our sun protection kit.  This is a mum with her child’s best interests at heart.

Think of your sunglasses as sunscreen for your eyes!