The first grade classes learned all about protecting their eyes and skin from the sun: cause it's always sun safety season in San Diego!
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EYE CARE SAFETY TIPS
Just like our skin, our eyes need UV protection too. Make sure your family’s sunglasses have ultraviolet protection.
Everyone should take care of their eyes, but children’s eyes need extra attention. Your child’s eyes are more sensitive to UV light because their pupils are larger than adult pupils.
Until about 10 years old, they also have clear lenses which enables more of the “bad” rays (UVA/B) to reach the retinas.
The rays from the sun are not only entering your child’s eyes directly, but they’re also bouncing up from the sand, water, and concrete. Polarized sunglasses can help reduce glare and provide even more protection.
Sunglasses without the proper UV protection can be MORE harmful to your eyes. The tint causes the eyes to dilate and allows more UV rays to enter the eye.
SKIN CARE SAFETY TIPS
Cover up with swim shirts or rash guards to protect against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR).
Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during peak intensity hours.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for the words “broad-spectrum” on the label. It means that the sunscreen will protect against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.
You may want to select a sunscreen that does not contain the ingredient oxybenzone, a sunscreen chemical that may have hormonal properties.
Use a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The additional benefits of using sunscreen with SPF 50+ are limited.
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