6 strong reasons to ensure your children wear sunglasses all year round

One of the things we love the most about living in Australia is the outdoor life-style: long days spent on the beach, late afternoons wine tasting in Barossa Valley, lunch time barbecues, swimming in a quiet beach and playing golf overlooking the CBD. While we enjoy doing all these great activities, how many of us think about the consequences of so much sun exposure, particularly to our precious eyes or the risks involved in not using good quality sunglasses? ​ Here are 6 amazingly good reasons why we all should wear quality sunglasses all the time:

  1. Skin cancer – Up to 10% of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid. 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers and between 95% and 99% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. (Source: Cancer Research)

  2. Cataracts – Worldwide approximately 900,000 people are blind because of cataracts. Cataracts can be triggered by UV exposure. (Source: The World Health Organization)

  3. Macular degeneration – Over time UV light may play a role in damaging the macular lutea (an area of the eye with millions of light-sensing cells, which allow us to see fine details clearly) potentially leading to blurriness, vision loss and blindness. (Source: Macular Degeneration Foundation).

  4. Pterygium – This abnormal growth of tissue - also called surfer’s eye – may progress slowly from either corner across the white part of the eye, possibly leading to inflammation or disturbance of vision.

  5. Photokeratitis – Essentially sunburn of the eye, it is only temporary and it tends to heal during 48 hours but it can be painful, causing blurred vision, light sensitivity and the sensation of having sand in your eye.

  6. Sunglasses will also protect against the wind and excessive light.

So next time your children come out to play, do not forget to equip them with a hat, sunscreen and their Veretti sunglasses and let them enjoy the sunshine!

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