Why protect our children’s eyes?
Children are, in general, more exposed to sunlight, due to their active daily lifestyle. Young children’s eyes are still developing and as is their retinas. As a result, children are way more subject to the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays.
May it be at school or at home, children usually spend more time outdoors than their elders. Consequently, they have an average annual UV exposure 3 times higher than the one from the adults. Their crystalline lenses have a capacity to filter UV radiation far less important than the adults’ one, resulting in a greater risk of internal eye damages. In addition, due to their larger pupils, they daily receive more UVA and UVB lights.
According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), up to 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to sunlight and UV radiation happens while young (under the age of 18).
Unfortunately, still nowadays, more than 70% of children do not wear sunglasses daily.
In addition, even though adults have crystalline lenses stronger than children, the risks for cataract damages, and eye damages in general, are still high.
In 2017, children of 8 and under spent on average 2:30 hours on screens, daily. It occurs usually mainly because of television. But, with the rise of electronic devices and new technologies, it has become easier for children, even young ones, to access screens.
Computers, tablets, TV or smartphones, those are the new toys of the young generations. But, those new technologies, using LEDs, emit harmful Blue (or Violet) light. This causes eyestrain, headaches and overall fatigue, that could disrupt a child’s life.
As for adults, the risk is even higher! May it be at work, at home, in the subway or on the streets, we are always at least on our phones, if not on TV or computers. On average, adults spend at least 10 hours on a screen, studies claim. If the damages are important to children, they are even more for adults.
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