Although it may seem like the sun is less harmful in the winter, snow acts like a mirror and transmits the sun's rays to the eyes. For comparison, snow reflects 85% of ultraviolet rays, while sand reflects only 20% and water 5-10%. Knowing that snow is even more reflective than sand and water, one can imagine the eye damage that can result for a child whose eyes are not protected. This is why it is important to protect our eyes and those of our children.
Why are children's eyes more fragile?
Children's eyes, especially at a young age, do not have natural protection. The child's eye is very permeable to light because the lens contains almost no protective pigments, unlike adults. The lens of the child's eye is completely transparent, and its pupil is very large. Children, therefore, receive a much greater quantity of harmful solar rays (ultraviolet A and B) than adults.
How can we protect our children's eyes?
The only effective solution against ultraviolet rays and their harmful effects is to wear quality tinted sunglasses that are well-adapted and cover the eyes completely.
- Have your children wear sunglasses that block 100% of ultraviolet rays.
- Don't hesitate to add a cap or hat that protects their eyes;
For more information and to choose the right pair of sunglasses for your child's face and activities, ask your IRIS eye care professional. You will receive personalized advice.