During the start of sunny days in spring and long, hot summer months, we parents slather our children in sunscreen and fill their beach bags with hats, umbrellas and long-sleeved shirts in an ongoing effort to protect them from the sun's harmful rays. But many parents are forgetting a key weapon in their arsenal -- sunglasses. Ongoing, unchecked exposure to the sun can cause severe eye discoloration as our children grow older, which can be painful and lead to a decrease in confidence and quality of life.
Sun damage is the main cause of redness, discoloration or brownish spots in the whites of the eyes and it begins in childhood. By simply insisting that your children wear UV-protected sunglasses, you can drastically reduce the threat of a lifetime spent with red, discolored eyes. They will thank you years later.
I noticed the other day that my daughters are some of the only kids at their school who wear sunglasses on a daily basis. I encourage all parents to look into proper eye protection for their children as summer approaches, and have compiled a list of tips to help you take great care of you and your children's eyes this summer.