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Last month, USA Today put out an article called “No Need to Live in a Cave: Sun Protection Tips, From Head to Toe.” The article stresses the importance of full coverage from the sun, and the commonplaces of skin cancer. It is not surprising that the article quoted the American Optometric Association (AOA) about how sunglasses “should block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays and 75% to 90% of visible light.” That’s a lot of protection!

Dr. Christopher Quinn, board member of the AOA, added to the article, “We tend to lather kids up with sunscreen and then send them out with no protection for their eyes.” When you see kids on the beach in the summer, or in the pool or lake, you usually see parents with wide brim hats, full sunscreen, and sunglasses lathering up their children before sending them off to play. But very rarely do you find the children wearing sunglasses. Even less common are the odds that the sunglasses a child is wearing offer the 99%-100% UV protection the AOA recommends. Next time you bring your child in for a check-up, consider buying them a good pair of sunglasses!

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Give your family the proper eye protection they need from the sun and avoid harmful long term health risks. Check out the great selection of sunglasses at Vision First to help you look and feel your best!