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August Is Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month

Originally Posted: August 08, 2011

Southampton - In the spirit of honoring August as Children's Eye Health & Safety Month, Coastal Contacts, the leading online retailer has created the tips on "How to keep your children's eyes protected this summer," as many kids and parents will head outdoors to enjoy the last few weeks of summer and Labor Day festivities. Young children and teenagers typically spend more time in the sun than adults, and therefore, are at a greater risk for damage. Make sure you educate them on eye protection and follow the tips below.

UV damage to the eyes is a cumulative process. The longer eyes are exposed to UV radiation, the greater the risk of developing serious eye conditions. It's never too late to begin protecting the eyes from the sun's harmful rays but it is best to start at an early age. Furthermore, it is important to understand the health effects of UV damage to the eyes and to learn the simple steps to keep your children's healthy for years to come.

 • Have Your Children Wear Protective Eyewear: This includes glasses and contacts in any occasion your eyes may be exposed to UV light. Even on cloudy days, UV rays still cause damage to the eyes. When wearing UV protected contact lenses, sunglasses should also be worn to protect the areas that are not covered by the contact lenses.

 • Purchase Quality Sunglasses (UVA/B Protected) For Your Children: In addition to style, 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 not only reduce intensity of light, but also do this without altering the color of objects.

 • Purchase Glasses With Large Lenses: Glasses that fit close to your eyes and slightly wrap around your 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.

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