Before slipping on the snowy slopes, do not forget to bring good sunglasses for you and your child. A basic condition to protect the future of its visual capital, as recalled by AsnaV *.
The sun is more dangerous in winter than in summer
- In winter, in the absence of a sensation of heat on the skinwe often forget the harmful effects of the sun.
- However, the proportion of ultraviolet rays, as well as their negative effects, increases at each 1000 m level. And even on a cloudy day, snow can reflect up to 85% of light rays.
- As they are invisible and painless, UV is very dangerous for the eye. They can cause, during prolonged unprotected exposure, an ophthalmia of snow, a painful lesion similar to a sunburn.
The sun is more dangerous for the eyes of children than adults
- Until about 12 years old, children's eyes are more transparent and let ultraviolet rays, UV, pass more widely than those of adults.
- However, repeated exposure to these rays can have harmful consequences on the child's visual capital. It may later cause premature aging of the eye and lead to the development of cataracts or age-related macular degeneration, AMD.
- Hence the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun's rays. While 83% of parents own sunglasses for themselves, only 77% say they have equipped their children.