Eye Care & Protection
Helping Teens Understand the Impact of UV Rays
Teens don't usually want to be told what to do. But reinforcing healthy vision tips now will help point their eyes to a brighter future. Here's why...
- Young eyes are especially susceptible to UV-related harm, and because UV damage is cumulative, it can lead to serious vision problems in the future, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- 36% of Americans spend time outdoors between 2 and 4 p.m., when UV exposure is at its highest.
- Water, snow, concrete and grass all reflect UV light, which can be just as damaging as direct UV. With so many activities in our teens' lives, they encounter UV risk in many places at many times.
While teens may not grasp the importance of long-term vision problems now, they certainly should be made aware of the short-term consequences that can be both harmful and painful, such as:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Swollen eyes
- Hypersensitivity to light
- Photokeratitis, or sunburn of the eye that can cause vision loss for up to 48 hours.
Sunglasses are the best way to shield and protect the eyes from harmful UV rays because they prevent the rays from reaching the eyes in the first place. With the latest lens technology and the availability of lighter, sturdier and more stylish frames, having a teenager be able to reach for her favorite pair of sunglasses shouldn't be a hassle. It's possible to keep eyes safe and comfortable at the same time.
Download the "Signs, Symptoms and Prevention Tools" fact sheet here for more information on UV exposure and how it affects teens and children. You can also download our infographic and share it with your teen.