Sunny Days | by Kristen Bason

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Posted on Fri, Feb 1, 2013

Summer or winter, that Colorado sun is a hazard—not just to skin, but to little peepers. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the lens of a child’s eye allows 70 percent more UV rays to reach the delicate retina than in an adult. FYI—a $5 pair of shades works just as well as a $100 pair, as long as they offer 100 percent UV protection. Infants younger than 6 months are usually adequately protected by hats or stroller canopies. A hat alone can cut the amount of UV exposure to a toddler’s eyes by 30 percent.

(Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology)

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