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August Is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Kids’ eyes are exposed more to the sun and to UV rays during the summer season. Coastal Contacts, an online supplier of contact lenses and sunglasses, shares some quick and helpful tips on how to protect your child’s eyes for the remaining days of summer and all year long.

Have your children wear protective eyewear. This includes glasses and contacts any time your eyes may be exposed to UV light. Even on cloudy days, UV rays still cause damage. When wearing UV-protected contact lenses, sunglasses should also be worn to protect the areas that are not covered by the lenses.

Purchase quality sunglasses (UVA/B Protected) for your children. Choose sunglasses that have protective lenses. Good sunglasses block out 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation in addition to blocking out 75-90 percent of visible light.

Pay attention to the lens color. Gray-colored lenses provide the best natural color vision. They reduce intensity of light without altering the color of objects.

Purchase glasses with large lenses. Glasses that fit close to the eyes and wrap slightly around the head offer the most protection against harmful rays.

Inspect your children’s glasses before buying. Lenses should be perfectly matched in color and free from distortion and imperfection.

Read more about eye safety on Parents.com

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Protecting Your Kid’s Eyes from the Summer Sun

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

childrens-sunglassesIt’s not just your child’s skin that needs protection from UV rays; eyes also need protection.  Parents.com asked Michael Pier, O.D., Director of Professional Relations and Practitioner Education at Bausch + Lomb Vision Care North America, to answer questions about keeping kids’ eyes safe from the sun.

What are the best ways parents can protect their children’s eyes from the sun’s glare during the summer?

Children should wear sunglasses or a wide brim hat in bright sunlight. This is extremely important when they are outside between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm when UV rays are strongest.

At what age should kids start wearing sunglasses? How do parents know which sunglasses are the most effective?

Sunglasses are available for children as young as 6 months old. There are special frames that contour to a child’s face and fit the “youth” bridge of the nose.  Make sure your child’s sunglasses say they block 99%-100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Is there other protective eye gear that children should wear?

Children who are active in sports should wear sports goggles that feature UV protection treatment.   For children 8-12 years old, daily disposable contact lenses are also available through prescriptions (Bausch + Lomb offers SofLens). 

How can eyes be kept safe from chlorine at the pool, sand at the beach, allergens in the backyard, etc.?

Kids should refrain from touching their eyes with unwashed hands. If kids feel the need to rub their eyes, encourage them to use a clean towel when outdoors.  

If eyes are exposed to too much sun, what first aid procedures can parents rely on?

Excessive exposure usually result in sunburned lids and eye area.  Manage the sunburned places with delicate applications of soothing creams or lotions, but avoid putting anything in the eyes.

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National Sun Safety Week (June 5-11)

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

The weather is quickly heating up, so make sure to limit your child’s sun exposure and prevent skin cancer.   Be extra conscious of protecting your little one’s sensitive skin from UV rays during National Sun Safety Week.

Take a quiz to test your sun safety IQ and discover 11 facts about sun safety (i.e. toy sunglasses may be more dangerous than wearing no sunglasses).  Plus, learn the 5 steps to sun safety (i.e. limit outdoor playtime between 10 am to 4 pm) and see how these nine items will protect your baby from the sun.

For kids who love being outdoors, these smart ideas for seeking shade and these editor’s picks for sun protection will keep them cool.

Taking a trip to the beach? Get expert tips for a healthy day by the ocean and be sure to stock up on these seven sunscreens for ample protection.

Read more about sun safety on Parents.com

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New Guidelines on Reducing Risk of Skin Cancer in Children

Monday, February 28th, 2011

cute-babyToday the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new statement and policy urging parents to limit their children’s sun exposure.  The AAP’s statement, including a report titled “Ultraviolet Radiation: a Hazard to Children and Adolescents,” offers guidelines on how to reduce the risk of skin cancer in children.

Skin cancer, including the most serious condition known as melanoma, continues to increase in children and in female teens who visit tanning salons and are constantly exposed to ultraviolet radiation. 

Along with wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and appropriate clothing and hats, the new policy suggests children should limit and minimize outdoor activities during peak midday sun hours (10 am – 4 pm).  Children 6 months and younger should be covered at all times and kept out of direct sunlight.  The policy also urges support of a new legislation that will prohibit children under 18 from using tanning devices or going to tanning salons.

According to Thomas Rohrer, M.D., Secretary of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, “melanoma is the most common skin cancer in children. In addition, only six severe sunburns in a lifetime increase risk of melanoma by 50 percent. It is important that parents, teachers and physicians encourage sun avoidance and protection by monitoring their children’s moles and freckles for the ABCDEs—asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, diameter, and evolving; encourage children to wear at least 30 SPF sunscreen and reapply it every two to three hours spent outdoors…One study estimated a 78% drop in skin cancer risk if parents protect their children from significant sun exposure in the first 18 years of life.”

Children who freckle and burn easily because of fair skin and light eyes should be extra careful, as well as children with a family history of melanoma.  Protecting your children from an early age will go a long way in preventing signs of skin cancer.

Read skin cancer prevention tips on Parents.com:

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