Back to School: Vision Basics

Alright, let’s go through the checklist for back to school. School supplies? Check. Even those pack of Ticonderoga pencils! First day of school outfit? Check. Annual eye exam? Ummmm.

Your child’s vision development is so important. Undetected vision and eye issues can be easily detected with a comprehensive eye exam. With early detection, your eye doctor can effectively treat conditions before they become severe. Ine 2018, Mabee Eye Clinic became an InfantSEE provider. This program is designed to ensure eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care by providing a comprehensive infant eye assessment between six to twelve months old. At this age of infancy your child’s visual system is beginning to more accurately see and track in their environment.

If the doctor does not find any issues we recommend another exam at age three and then again at the start of school. Some schools may have outside organizations do vision screenings annually. Keep in mind this is not an examination. These screenings do not help detect the presence of visual health issues. Certain skills are assessed in comprehensive exams such as eye teaming, peripheral vision, ease of focusing from distance to near, and hand-eye coordination along with common pediatric eye conditions such as strabismus and amblyopia. 

Strabismus is a common eye condition seen in children where one eye is visibly misaligned giving them a cross-eyed appearance. This misalignment can also lead to amblyopia or a decreased vision in one eye over another. Sometimes, these eye conditions can be corrected through some form of vision therapy. The most common method is patching, where a child will wear a patch over the good eye to help strengthen the poor eye. The time a child wears a patch can vary. Some may need to wear them for a few hours every day, but some will wear a patch most of the day. If a patch is not the best option for your child, an optometrist may also prescribe a special kind of drop that works in the same manner as patching.

It is important to remember that vision problems do not lead to a learning disability but can cause some struggles with learning. This is referred to as learning-related vision problems. Some symptoms include:

  • Dislike or avoidance of reading and close work
  • Placing the head very close to the book or desk when reading or writing
  • Short attention span during visual tasks
  • Turning or tilting the head to use one eye only, or closing or covering on an eye
  • Slow reading speed or poor reading comprehension
  • Difficulty remembering what was read
  • Omitting or repeating words, or confusing similar words
  • Persistent reversal of words or letters (after second grade)
  • Difficulty remembering, identifying or reproducing shapes
  • Poor eye-hand coordination

If you have a concern related to your child’s learning, consult your child’s classroom teacher first. Learning is multi-faceted and one of these does not necessarily mean it is vision-related.

80% of learning is done visually and with nearly 50% of schools in the United States being one-to-one computing, where each student has an electronic device to complete school work. This can increase the strain on young children’s eyes. While exposing children to technology is a great thing, it also comes with its share of negatives. The most popular one you may have seen floating around the internet is the effects of blue light.

The main source of blue light in our world comes from the sun. This is one of the reasons why your optometrist recommends a good pair of sunglasses. The next largest source of blue light emitted comes from LED screens on computers, tablets, smartphones, and other digital devices. Prolonged periods on these digital devices can contribute to computer vision syndrome, CVS, or digital eye strain. Some symptoms may include:

  • Fluctuating vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain

Luckily, we have some simple remedies to help with digital eye strain.

First, we recommend all patients to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every twenty minutes take a twenty-second break and look at something at least twenty feet away. During this time take a good posture check. Sit up straight and realign the head, neck, and shoulder along with moving the head slowly to the right and left and up and down. If possible, get up to walk and stretch the entire body. Poor posture is the common reason for symptoms of neck, back, and shoulder pain related to computer vision syndrome.

Second, we recommend establishing a media-free time in your day preferably one hour before bed. Another effect of blue light exposure deals with sleep. Light helps control our natural sleep and wake cycle, or circadian rhythm. Blue light can block the development of the hormone melatonin that makes you sleepy. Some devices have a blue light filter or night mode you can automatically set at certain points of your day.

Third, would be to have a pair of glasses with an anti-reflective coating or blue light filter. Yes, you can get a pretty cheap pair of blue light glasses on Amazon. However, you need to be careful when selecting these products. A few products are marked as computer or gaming glasses. Some of them may have some small magnification. Some may have some prism. Some may even have a version of an no line bifocal. These glasses can cause more harm than good. The best pair of glasses is the one that are specific to your prescription and in alignment with your visual system. At your next eye exam, ask your doctor about a computer or office pair of lenses that will best fit your prescription and needs.

Let’s go over that checklist one more time. School supplies? Check. First day of school outfit? Check! Annual eye exam? Check!

References

Bailey, G. (2016). A guide to children’s vision problems.  All About Vision. Retrieved June 25th, 2020, from https://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/child_vision.htm

Heiting, G. (2019). Children and technology: protecting your child’s eye.  All About Vision. Retrieved June 25th, 2020, from https://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/children-computer-vision-syndrome.htm

Heiting, G. (2017). Vision problems of school-age children.  All About Vision. Retrieved June 25th, 2020, from https://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/schoolage.htm

DeFranco, L. (2017). Kid’s glasses: 10 tips for buying children’s eyewear.  All About Vision. Retrieved June 25th, 2020, from https://www.allaboutvision.com/en-gb/eyeglasses/children/10-tips/

Murphy, R. & Heiting, G. (N.D.). Vision-related learning problems: are they holding your child back.  All About Vision. Retrieved June 25th, 2020, from https://www.allaboutvision.com/en-gb/vision-problems-learning/

Richardson, D. (N.D.). What is the difference between and eye exam and a vision screening. VSP: Ask an Eye Doctor. Retrieved July 7th, 2020, from https://www.vsp.com/eyewear-wellness/ask-eye-doctor/eye-exam-vs-vision-screening

Are online eye tests any good?

Have you considered getting online eye tests? The idea of being able to get an eyeglass prescription and buy glasses without a trip to the eye doctor may sound appealing. Before ditching the traditional eye exams, there are a few things you need to know!

Online Eye Tests

The most important thing to know about online eye tests is they do not evaluate the health of your eyes. Even if they are called “online eye exams,” these exams only measure your visual acuity and refractive error. Some online eye tests can check for contrast sensitivity and color blindness. However, none of this can tell the health of your eyes.

The only way to know the complete health of your eyes is through eye exams with your doctor. During an eye exam, your doctor can detect vision-threatening conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. Early detection of these conditions can prevent vision loss and blindness.

Know The Risks:

  • Online eye exams cannot detect eye diseases
  • Improper testing can occur due to error or misreading instructions
  • Higher chance of getting incorrect prescription due to self-administered the eye test
  • If you think the prescription is incorrect, your only option is to pay again and retake the test
  • An eyecare professional is not present to answer questions or concerns

Validation of Online Eye Tests

The results of online eye tests have not been guaranteed to be accurate measures of your prescription. Due to this being relatively new technology, there have not been enough studies to determine the reliability and validity of online eye tests.

Additionally, many online eye tests say their technology is suitable only for people between the ages 18 and 40 who are in good health. The limitations of the eye test raise concerns to the overall validity of the test. For these reasons, we do not recommend them as your sole option for your receiving your prescription.

The best way to ensure your eyes are healthy, you receive the correct prescription, and get answers to all your questions is through face-to-face eye exams with your eye doctor. Our staff of trained eyecare professionals will help you through every step of the process. Our office is here to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Why You Need Multiple Pairs

Thanks to our busy lives, multiple hobbies, and all the activities in between, having multiple pairs of eyewear handy is a necessity. Even contact lens wearers should have alternative pairs of eyewear. But some of us still haven’t jumped on that bandwagon. If you’re still on the fence, here are a few reasons why it’s a great idea to have at least two pairs of eyewear:

Misplacement

We’ve all been there, searching for missing glasses just when we need them the most. An additional pair of eyewear can’t guarantee they won’t keep slipping through the cracks, but it will significantly reduce the chances of having to go without. Lost a contact lens and don’t have a replacement? Backup glasses can hold you over until your new contact lenses come in!

Style

Think about it: a night out on the town is going to call for more stylish eyewear than the amber-tinted lenses you wear at your computer desk. Funky frames may better showcase your personality, but a more neutral pair may be needed for professional situations. Having different styles of glasses removes this dilemma by giving you situation-specific options.

Protection

Chances are, your standard glasses aren’t going to adapt and darken in reaction to sunlight (unless you have photochromic lenses), so it only makes sense to invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses to protect your eyes. Polarized lenses are a good option, especially since the tint can be tailored to your specific sport or hobby.

Contact Lens Wearers

Plano sunwear is a must have for all contact lens users. Contact lenses do not protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. We recommend plano sunwear that blocks 100% of UV rays for anyone who wears contacts.

Schedule an appointment with our office if you’re interested in investing in a second pair of glasses! We will help you find the best frames and lenses for your lifestyle!

Eyelash Extensions

Imagine this, your superstar costume is almost complete, but you need to apply the finishing touches…some glamorous eyelash extension you found at your local supermarket. They were cheap and looked great, but are they safe to glue to your eyelid?

Most problems with eyelash extensions are caused by the glue that’s used to bond the false lashes in place. These often contain formaldehyde or other chemicals that can cause irritation and allergic reaction. Some people actually lose eyelashes in the processes damaging follicles responsible for growth. Unfortunately, the FDA doesn’t regulate products used to apply eyelash extensions. Following these tips can help protect your eyes.

  • Only let a certified aesthetician apply eyelash extensions
  • Ensure the aestheticians practice proper hygiene and handwashing.
  • Check the eyelash adhesive ingredients before use.

A few optometrists believe extensions may increase the risk of dry eyes. Further studies show there is an optimal length for eyelashes to protect the eyes from wind, dust, and other debris. Longer, fuller eyelashes have a fan-like effect with each blink. This will increase airflow on the surface of the eye causing dryness.

Removing eyelash extensions can be dangerous as well. The eyelashes are attached using a substance similar to superglue. The safest way is to let them grow out and shed naturally or, if you are impatient, returning to the aesthetician to remove the extensions. You can also try these two home removal methods.

The first is an olive oil and steam method.

  • Remove all mascara and eye makeup from your eyelids.
  • Heat a pan of water on the stove until it is boiling, then turn off the heat.
  • When the water is steaming but no longer boiling, lean over the pan so the steam can reach your face. Drape a towel over the back of your head to help capture the steam.
  • After about five to 10 minutes, apply a few drops of olive oil onto a cotton ball and gently wipe your eyelashes until the extensions begin to come off. Avoid touching your eye or getting the olive oil in your eye.
  • Rinse your eyelids with warm water and gently dry.

You can also try Solvent (glue remover) method.

  • Purchase eyelash glue remover from your salon or a drugstore.
  • Remove all mascara and eye makeup using your normal method.
  • Wet a cotton swab with the glue remover.
  • While looking in a mirror, pull down one eyelid. (Keep the other eye open so you can see what you are doing.)
  • Gently wipe your eyelashes with the cotton swab several times until the extensions start to loosen.
  • Gently remove each extension with your thumb and index finger.
  • Apply more glue remover to your eyelashes with a cotton swab if the extensions don’t release easily.

Obviously, great care should be taken when applying a solvent (glue remover) near your eye. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product carefully, and don’t let any solvent touch the surface of your eye.

Finally, if you do experience an infection, an allergic reaction or other irritation after receiving eyelash extensions or attempting to remove them, contact your eye doctor immediately. If your eyes the next morning give you a fright, make sure to call the Mabee Eye Clinic for help.

Notes and References
Jealous of long eyelashes? Why extensions may be a bad idea. NBC Today. January
2015.
How do you treat an eye infection/irritation due to eyelash extensions (glue)? American
Academy of Ophthalmology. November 2013.
American Academy of Ophthalmology warns consumers about the dangers of eyelash
extensions. American Academy of Ophthalmology. May 2013.

Vision Development and Children

Childhood is a critical time for vision development. Nearly 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually. Arguably making vision the most important of the five senses. Visual skills start developing during pregnancy and continue to evolve and develop as a child grows. Undetected vision problems can cause developmental and educational delays in children.

Infant Vision Development

Your infant’s vision starts developing during pregnancy. It is crucial that toxins are not consumed during pregnancy as they can cause serious vision problems. At birth, babies only see black, white, and shades of gray. Infants are unable to focus on objects for several months and can only see the outline of objects.

As infants grow, they can distinguish between high contrast colors. By six months your child can see color, has sharper vision, and has begun developing hand-eye coordination skills. Schedule your child’s first eye exam at six months to make sure their eyes are healthy and on the right developmental track. Detection of eye health issues and vision problems at this stage in development can help to ensure your child does not experience setbacks in learning and growth.

When your infant begins to crawl and potentially walk they are learning to coordinate their body movements and their vision. Over time, your child will become better at judging distances. However, this is also a time when your child may grow more injury prone because they are exploring their environment. Bumps, bruises, eye injuries, and other injuries can occur which is why it is so vital to ensure that your infant’s vision is on track to prevent these injuries as much as possible.

Early Childhood Vision Development

During these years your child will be growing, developing, and improving their visual skills. It is recommended to schedule your child eye exam at three years old. Even if you don’t think your child has vision problems, your child is growing and changing. A comprehensive eye exam before your child enters school provides enough time to catch and correct any vision problems.

They are discovering how to integrate their vision and body position to complete new tasks. They learn this through playing games, throwing a ball, and riding a bike. Children are also working on developing their fine motor skills. The primary way preschool age children are learning this is through writing their name and the alphabet.

Between the ages of 3 to 6 is when you, as a parent, may begin to notice signs of a vision problem. If your child complains about headaches or tired eyes, this could potentially be due to a vision problem. Signs of vision problems include squinting, tilting the head, frequently rubbing eyes, and closing one eye to see. Additionally, look for sitting too close to a tv, holding a book too close, or avoiding activities that require near or distance vision. Some of these activities include coloring, reading, playing ball, or tag if you notice these signs in your child schedule an eye exam as soon as possible. Correct their vision before any learning is delayed!

Nutrition and Your Eyes

The foods you eat and the dietary supplements you take affect your overall health and the health of your eyes. Nutrition and your eyes are linked together and can help prevent certain eye diseases along with other health problems.

Healthy Foods

Choosing healthy foods improves your overall health as well as your eye health. Dark green or brightly colored fruits and vegetables are essential parts of a healthy diet. These fruits and vegetables may also help to reduce the risks of developing eye diseases. Sugars and white flours may increase your risk of age-related eye disease, instead, opt for whole grains which do not have the same risks. Healthy fats containing omega-3 essential fatty acids are critical to your diet. These healthy fats can help prevent dry eyes and cataracts.

Hydration

Staying hydrated is essential to the health of your eyes. Drink plenty of water every day! We also recommend choosing healthy beverages and avoiding high sugar beverages. Proper hydration is linked to the reduction of dry eye symptoms.

Nutrients

Nutrients are an essential part of a healthy diet. These nutrients can be found in foods but can also be taken in supplements to ensure you are receiving the proper amount in your diet. Consult with your primary care provider before taking any dietary supplements. Here are a few nutrients that may have a link to eye health:

  • Vitamin A: may protect against night blindness and dry eyes
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: may prevent macular degeneration and dry eyes
  • Vitamin C: may reduce risks of cataracts and macular degeneration
  • Vitamin D: may reduce risks of macular degeneration
  • Zinc: may reduce risks of night blindness
  • Vitamin E: may reduce the risk of advanced macular degeneration

Aging Eyes

As you age, it is essential to consider all factors that could affect the overall health of your eyes. Not only should you adopt a healthy diet, but you can also do several other things to protect your eyes. One way to protect your eyes is to avoid overexposure to ultraviolet rays, which includes wearing sunglasses outdoors and staying away from tanning beds. Now is the time to quit smoking, not only is smoking harmful to your overall health it also increased your risks for many eye diseases. Finally, ensure that you are getting annual eye exams to detect any eye diseases before they cause permanent vision loss.

Nutrition and your eyes are highly connected, continue to find ways to feed your body the food and nutrients it needs to live a healthy life with healthy eyes.

Tips for Choosing Your Perfect Eyewear

Have you ever gone to pick out new eyeglasses, but been overwhelmed by all your options? Do you ever struggle to know what eyewear shape looks best on you? We’ve compiled our best tips for picking the perfect pair of eyewear to help make your decisions easier.

  1. Contrast your face shape

    • There are seven basic face shapes to review including oval, base-up or base-down triangle, oblong, square, diamond, and round. Eyewear should contrast your face shape but be in scale with your face size. Find your face shape below and try out our recommended shape frames
      1. Oval: wide or walnut-shaped frames
      2. Base-up triangle: frames with a wider bottom, light color or lightweight
      3. Oblong: frames with more depth than width
      4. Square: narrow frames and with more width than depth
      5. Diamond: cat-eye shaped frames or other detailing on the brow line
      6. Round: narrow frames which are wider and have a clear bridge
      7. Base-down triangle: frames with color or detailing on the top half
  2. Highlight your features

    • Pick your best or favorite feature and pick a frame to highlight it.
    • Some features to consider highlighting would be your eyes, hair, skin color, and face shape. For example, if you have blue eyes, try a blue frame to match and highlight your eye color.
  3. Match or complement colors

    • Your skin, eyes, and hair work together to create your overall coloring. Everyone has either a cool (blue or pink undertones) or a warm (yellow or orange undertones) overall color. Try a frame from our color list below to complement your coloring.
    • Warm coloring: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, red, or warm blue
    • Cool coloring: black, silver, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, blue, or tortoise
  4. Find the perfect size

    • Try on multiple pairs to see what size fits your face shape best.
    • If the frames are too small your peripheral vision will be limited and could potentially feel tight on the head. The frames should not pinch your nose, leave red marks, slide down your nose, or easily slip off your head. The tightness around your ears can be adjusted to get the perfect fit.  
  5. Match your frames to your lifestyle

    • Make sure your frames will work for every part of your life and will be a representation of you and your personality.
    • Pick frames to match your unique lifestyle and hobbies. Consider your common activities when choosing frames. For example, if you are more active you may want a pair of sports eyewear or a wraparound band. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, you may want eyeglasses with a tinted lens.
  6. Anti-reflective coating

    • An anti-reflective coating helps eliminate reflections on both sides of your lenses to cut down annoying glare and improve night vision.
    • Anti-reflective coatings allow for sharper, clearer vision with less glare. The lenses appear to be nearly invisible, giving the eyeglasses a more attractive appearance and allowing for better eye contact.
  7. Are weight and material important to you?

    • Frames are most commonly made of plastic, metal, or a combination of materials. This combination determines the longevity, weight, and average cost of a frame.
    • Key Features:
          • Stainless steel and titanium are long lasting
          • Metal frames often have adjustable nose pads
          • Metal frames can come in hypoallergenic materials
          • Plastic frames tend to be less expensive
          • Plastic frames are lighter
          • Plastic frames typically need less maintenance than metal frames
          • Flexible hinges allow the “arms” to bend more than regular hinges

Flashes, Floaters, and Spots: What’s in my Vision?

Have you noticed tiny shadows cast upon objects you are looking at? Do you see small spots in your vision when looking at a clear or overcast sky? You may be seeing floaters and spots in your field of vision.

What is the spot in my vision?

It is completely normal to see spots or floaters in your vision. As you age the gel-like consistency in your eyes begins to dissolve creating floaters in the watery center of your eye. While you cannot see the particle floating in your eye, a shadow of these particles can be seen reflected in the objects you are viewing.

Do I need treatment for my floaters?

No, most of the time treatment is not required for floaters in the eye. The floaters and spots are harmless, and most will fade over time. If your vision is inhibited by large floaters, give our office a call to discuss options available to reduce these symptoms.

Why is there a flash in my vision?

When light enters your eye it sends a message to the retina, the retina then produces an electrical impulse which is sent to the brain. The brain interprets this impulse as an image. If the retina is tugged, torn, or detached from the back of the eye it is common to see a flicker of light. The flashes or flickers of light can be temporary or continue indefinitely depending on the severity of the retinal issue.

Is this ever a medical emergency?

Seeing a few new floaters is not an emergency, however, if you suddenly see a shower of floaters or spots this may be cause for concern. The sudden appearance of flashes of light could mean that damage is occurring to your retina. If any of these symptoms suddenly appear, call our office immediately to discuss with your eye doctor.

Conditions associated with eye floaters and flashes:

  • Bleeding inside the eye
  • Inflammation of the interior of the eye
  • Nearsightedness
  • Cataract surgery
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Eye infections

Reasons Not to Compromise on Price

Have you ever been tempted to buy cheap glasses you see online or the reading glasses you found at a discount store? They look just as good as the prescription eyeglasses you paid full price for, right?

The hard truth is they are not the same as the high-quality prescription eyewear provided by our office. Unreliable eyeglasses are more likely to break, scratch, and discolor over time. Your goal should be to buy glasses that will last and will not need frequent replacement. The cost of replacing cheap glasses can add up to the same cost as purchasing a more expensive, quality pair, originally.

Know what you lose

When comparing costs, there is always a compromise to be made. One of the biggest elements lost when buying cheap eyeglasses is individual care. Opticians recommend eyewear based on your daily routine, provide professional fittings, and ensure the quality of your eyewear is examined.

Same top quality?

Online glasses retailers often state that they offer the “same top quality” as eyecare practices. How do you know what their definition or range of top quality is? Cheap price often means cheaper materials.

Try before you buy

Usually, when buying glasses from an online retailer, you sacrifice the opportunity to try the glasses on and see how they fit your face. A virtual try-on does not allow for an accurate representation of how glasses look and fit on your face.

You cannot receive a proper fitting

If you choose to purchase eyeglasses from an online supplier, you forfeit a proper fitting. As a result, you may purchase a pair of glasses that are too tight or loose for your face.

Cheap frames

A downside to cheaper frames is they are more likely to cause skin irritation. Cheaper metal frames can discolor your skin or even cause a skin rash due to allergy. With prolonged wear, cheap plastic frames will discolor in sunlight and the smooth finish will diminish.

Durability

Another inevitable loss with cheaper eyeglasses is durability. Frames made with inexpensive materials are not designed to withstand extended use as well as eyeglasses sold by eye practitioners are able to.

Reading glasses

A wide-spread myth: all reading glasses are the same whether you purchase them at a discount store or at an eye practitioner. The truth is, your eye practitioner is able to customize the lenses to fit your exact eye and lifestyle needs. Read more about progressive lenses available at our office here.

Sunglasses lose UV protection

It’s tempting to buy cheap sunglasses because you are worried you might misplace or scratch them. However, it is crucial to protect your eyes from UV radiation damage. Don’t give up 100% UV protection for a cheap sticker price.

Why Your Children Should be Wearing Sunglasses

As you may know, the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage to your skin, but how often do you think about the damage these rays can cause to your eyes? What about your child’s eyes? At a young age, children’s eyes are still developing, and with the substantial time they spend outdoors, it is important to purchase sunglasses to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays.

What Are UV Rays?

UV rays or ultraviolet radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation or energy. These rays are emitted from the sun as well as a few man-made sources, like tanning beds. A key factor in what makes ultraviolet rays so dangerous is our inability to see them. Ultraviolet rays fall outside the range of visible light for the human eye. To read more about UV rays, click here.

Your Exposure to UV Rays

Eye Development

The lens inside a child’s eye is still developing and is not as capable of filtering high energy rays similar to eye lenses in adults. This inability to filter and fully protect their eyes causes children to have a higher risk of damage from UV rays. Shielding your infant’s or child’s eyes from UV rays as early as possible will help prevent overexposure to UV radiation throughout their lifetime. For younger children and infants, a sun hat provides additional protection to their skin and eyes throughout the day as the sun shifts and in case they remove their sunglasses.

Environment

Exposure to UV radiation increases at high altitudes, tropical locations, and in reflective environments. Consider the level of risk in your environment and if protective eyewear should be worn. Here are a few environment aspects and how they could affect your exposure to harmful UV rays.

  • Altitude: At higher altitudes, the earth’s atmosphere is thinner and unable to provide the same protection from UV rays.
  • Location: As you move closer to the earth’s equator, the level of UV rays increase. If you and your family are visiting a tropical location near the earth’s equator, always wear 100% UV blocking eyewear when outdoors.
  • Highly reflective services: Areas with highly reflective services like pools, lakes, oceans, and snow reflect UV rays. Snow can reflect up to 80% of UV rays creating a higher risk of UV damage to your eyes.
  • Clouds: Keep in mind clouds do not block UV radiation. UV exposure can be high on cloudy days.

Time of Day

  • Time of day: UV levels are higher between 10 am to 2 pm when the sun is at its peak.
  • Setting: Highly reflective surfaces like sand, water, and snow provide a much higher risk of eye damage due to UV radiation.

Children’s Eyewear

We understand convincing your child to wear sunglasses can be a challenge. Use these pointers when talking with your kids about sunglasses! Don’t forget, you know your children better than anyone else, so some of these tips may not work for them.

  • Match the current trends. If your child loves a certain color, pattern, or shape, purchase sunglasses to match their unique style.
  • TV shows, young celebrities, and brands like Disney create sunglass lines to appeal specifically to children. That’s right, children notice and prefer brand named items just like teens and adults.
  • Keep frame in the family. If the child has an adult or sibling they look up to and admire, purchase your child similar sunglasses to what the adult or sibling owns. This will appeal to the child’s desire to look more like their older sibling or parent!
  • Let them do the shopping. Take children shopping specifically to pick out their very own special pair of sunglasses. The more they like their sunglasses, the more likely they are to wear them, and the better protected their eyes will be from harmful UV radiation from the sun.

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