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Use sunglasses for vision protection starting at a young age

Harvard Health Blog

When kids pack for summer camp, sunglasses aren't always at the top of the supply list. I made them a priority for my 12-year-old son, Carson, as he prepared to start rowing camp in Florida, for two reasons:

1. Our eyes are most vulnerable to the sun's ultraviolet rays in our teens, 20s, and 30s, although the damage usually doesn't show up until later in life.

2. The sun's rays are especially intense near reflective surfaces.

"If you spend time near the water, the beach, or snow, the sunlight bounces off of those surfaces and right into the eyes," explained Dr. Louis Pasquale, an ophthalmologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts...