From the first moment you set eyes upon your child, you vow that you will protect them from everything, always. So when you go to the beach, you slather them with sunscreen and equip them with sunglasses and hats. When they’re playing in the living room, though, are they just as protected?
The large, beautiful windows that you love so much allow UV rays to enter your home. To keep your household safe, you have to understand what it can do and how you can counter it.
How can you protect your children’s eyes from being damaged by the sun at home? Keep reading to find out!
How does sunlight damage your eyes?
There are lots of great things about sunlight. It gives you warmth, light, and stimulates vitamin D production in your body. All these great things do not come without risks. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can increase your risk of skin cancer and other skin-related diseases as well as damage your eyes.
Excessive UVA light harms your macula and retina. It could even ultimately result in loss of eyesight. UVB light harms your cornea or lens. Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that can get sunburned – your cornea can too. Corneal sunburn can result in temporary loss of vision.
Too much exposure to UV light can also result in growths on your conjunctiva or covering your cornea. Both of these conditions will affect your eyesight.
Are my kids more vulnerable than I am?
The majority of children are more susceptible to UV damage compared to adults. While an adult’s ocular lens is able to filter out some UV rays, a child’s ocular lens is not yet fully developed and won’t be as effective. Therefore, more dangerous UV radiation will be reaching your child’s retina.
Of course, you can lower the risks of eye problems by equipping your kids with proper eyewear and making sure they don’t stare at the sun or spend too long outside, but the fact of the matter is that kids spend more time outside than adults do. Even if they play indoors, it is better to make sure they don’t play near open windows where bright, direct sunlight enters for long periods of time.
How can I protect my children’s eyes?
When the kids play outdoors, make sure that they are equipped with sunglasses and hats. Encourage them to play in the shaded areas so that they aren’t as vulnerable to dangerous UV rays.
When indoors, your kids are still vulnerable. Sure, you could close the curtains, but that would make for a very dark room. This is where window film is incredibly helpful. You and your kids can enjoy the sunlight indoors without being left unguarded against UV rays.
Such a flimsy piece of film may seem ineffective, but you’d be surprised. High-quality solar film can prevent up 99% of UVA rays from penetrating your home. To get the most out of it, have a professional window film installer apply the film to your windows. That way, you can ensure that they are applied properly and will last for years to come.
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