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Did you know that children accumulate more UV exposure before their 18th birthday than they will in the rest of their lifetime? While many adults use prescription or plano sunglasses, children’s eyes are often left unprotected.

Only 9 % of people protect their eyes from harmful UV rays.  UV rays can cause many problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.  A good quality pair of sunglasses not only helps prevent eye diseases but also helps to see smarter while driving, participating in sporting activities, or working outside

A quality pair of sunglasses can improve your sight while driving or spending time outdoors by eliminating glare, and can also be an important tool in preventing or slowing the development of eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

The Alberta Association of Optometrists is focusing on children’s eye health in the month of October. Many children do not receive full eye exams until they reach school age, yet there are important benefits to having their eyes checked as early as 6 months of age.

It is recommended that all infants have their first eye exam between 6 and 9 months of age. The next exam should be at 3 years and once every year thereafter.