August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month, a time when parents, teachers and medical practitioners took a closer look at what they could do to protect children’s eye health and help prevent eye problems in their future.
Interestingly, it was also the same month as when most people take their last summer vacation trip before school starts. And that means more time in the cars! As August is here it now is the time where there is an increased focus on eye health which leads to more people becoming concerned about the dangers of UV radiation for their children’s eyes. This also raised the interest level in the benefits of window tinting as an eye protection safety measure.
Here’s what you need to know about window tint and its importance in protecting children and their vision.
How Window Tint Protects Children’s Eyes
The August emphasis on eye health drew attention to the fact that more than 12 million American children receive dangerously high levels of ultraviolet rays from the sun, specifically when they sit near windows. While the levels of radiation exposure are lower indoors than outdoors, the level of protection children get indoors also is lower. Many parents and teachers are not thinking about sun safety when their children are indoors, yet dangerous UV rays flow freely through normal window glass.
Children have a higher risk for vision damage because their ocular lenses cannot filter UV rays quite as effectively as adults, so the radiation is able to reach the retina and cause damage more easily. This increases a child’s risk of blurry vision and cataracts, accordingto The Vision Council.
Interestingly, children are more likely to spend time near windows while indoors, as they naturally seem to be drawn to sunlight. In turn, this increases the risk of UV radiation damage. In the car, where parents frequently wear sunglasses, children are often left without protection and are exposed to even more UV radiation.
This scenario can cause consternation for parents. The good news is, UV blocking window film can now block up to 99 percent of these damaging UV rays, without impacting visibility through the window. By installing window film such as LLumar Films, adults can give the children in their lives the eye protection they need. Remember, window tint comes in all percentages of lightness and darkness. Even the Airblue80 from LLumar (which is a clear film) has 99% UV protection.
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) also encourages homeowners to have professionally installed window film applied to all of a home’s windows to provide eye protection against invisible but dangerous UV rays.
Here at Premier Tint Pros, we can make sure you and your family are 99% protected! Call us today!