The sun’s harmful UV rays could be doing damage to your little ones eyes
How you can help to protect your child’s eyes from UV rays in the heatwave
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that it’s been extremely hot outside! We’ve had more than five consecutive days of sunshine and with the warm weather set to last until September many of us, including our little ones, are struggling.
With the heatwave not set to budge anytime soon, The Met Office has partnered with Boots Opticians in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of UV rays and the need for eye protection, especially among children.
New research has found that only a third (32%) of parents said that they prioritise packing sunglasses when going on a day out with their children, with a further third having no idea if their children’s sunglasses offered UV protection. Four in ten (40%) said that they don’t check UV levels before going outside with three quarters believing there is no way to do this.
So, what can we do?
- As the heatwave is still here, take your little one out and buy them a sunhat and a pair of sunglasses. Let them pick which ones they would like as they will have to wear and feel comfortable in them for the majority of the time.
- For babies, make sure that you keep them shaded when you’re out and about by attaching a parasol to your pram, or putting down the shade.
- Be sure to inform your child of the dangers of looking directly at the sun.
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