Before sending their kids outside to play most parents covered them with sunscreen to protect their skin from too much of the sun`s UVA and UVB rays.
But they should also do something to protect their children`s eyes, says an expert.
“There is a lot of research that shows the harmful effects of too much sunlight for a child`s eyes. Sunlight over exposure can lead to aging of the lens and retina damage,” said James McDonnell, MD, medical director of pediatric ophthalmology at Loyola University Health System and professor of ophthalmology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
McDonnell suggests that if a child is going to be in the sun for 20 minutes or longer sunglasses are essential.
But, McDonnell said, there are a lot of sunglasses out there that are not effective at protecting kids` eyes from damaging rays.