SUN SAFETY: Protecting More Than Skin

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As you spend more time outdoors, doctors warn to protect more than just your skin. They say you need to protect your eyes too.

Dr. Thomas Augustin with Vision Park Family Eye Care says to look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100% UVA and UVB rays. He says to make sure your kids wear glasses too. He says, “Some studies estimate 50% of suns damage can happen before the age of 18, so it’s always a good idea to protect the kids’ eyes as well.”

He says to look for glasses that have wrap around bands to help keep a pair on baby’s heads. He says to make sure you protect your kids in the car too. “Windshields will block UVA and UVB, but most of your passenger windows won’t, so protecting those kids in the back seat, you can buy filters, after market ones that stick on that will block.”

Doctors say another way to protect your eyes and skin is to avoid the sun between peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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