As we head into the warm summer months, we find ourselves spending more time outside. Although the sunshine means we get to relax in the sun and enjoy outdoor summer activities, it’s not all fun and games when it comes to our eye health.
During the summer, we are exposed to an increased amount of UV radiation, putting us at risk of developing serious vision problems.
While sunburns are visible and can be easily identified, internal eye damage can often go undetected, putting our vision at risk. This is especially dangerous for children.
"Children are exposed to a lot more UV radiation than adults because they spend so much time outside," says Dr. Mark Ross of Eye Spy Optometry. "That exposure adds up over time, and can lead to problems such as cataracts, damage to the cornea and degeneration of the retina."
Are you aware that one child dies every nine hours in Canada due to a preventable injury? The Cost of Injury in Canada report, released June 2015, indicates that preventable injury is the leading cause of death in Canadians ages 1 to 44. It further adds that preventable injuries claim the lives of more children than any other cause in Canada. These injury costs add up to $26.8 billion dollars a year across the country, with Alberta leading the way with $4 billion in costs in 2010, the highest number in all provinces.
An activity synonymous with winter, thousands of children enjoy sledding outside each year. Whether you travel to the slopes to get your fix of wintry fun or have a plethora of powder in your own back yard, the joys of speeding down a hill on a sled can make it easy to forget that these activities can also lead to injuries. Taking a few simple safety precautions can help keep you and your children secure this winter.
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