UV blocking lenses are lenses that are designed to block harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. UV rays can be harmful to the eyes, and prolonged exposure to UV radiation can increase the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye problems.
Children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV radiation, as their eyes are still developing and may not be able to filter out UV rays as effectively as adult eyes. In addition, children tend to spend more time outdoors than adults, increasing their exposure to UV radiation.
UV blocking lenses can help protect children's eyes from the harmful effects of UV radiation. When choosing glasses for your child, look for lenses that offer 100% UV protection. Many eyeglass lenses are now available with built-in UV protection, or you can add a UV coating to your child's lenses.
When selecting frames for your child, work with an Optometrist that can provide UV blocking options for lenses as well. Optometrists can provide guidance on full eye health decisions that you don't get otherwise.
It's also important to encourage your child to wear sunglasses when they are outside, especially during peak UV hours (typically between 10am and 4pm). Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection and fit well on your child's face.
In addition to protecting your child's eyes from UV radiation, regular eye exams are also important for maintaining their eye health. Your child's eye doctor can check for signs of UV damage and help ensure that their vision is developing properly.