Local Sunglass Cove Doctors offer complimentary sunglasses on UV Groovy Day!
The Optometrists and team at Saugeen Shores Family Eye Care have a goal this summer – to keep children’s eyes healthy and protected from damaging UV rays. That’s why they’re celebrating UV Groovy Day on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, by giving away complimentary sunglasses to infants, as well as having fun with lots of kid friendly activities. Some of these will include meeting a princess, face painting, a bubble station, colouring contests, decorate your own cupcakes, raffle prizes and a bake sale by donation, as well as a cash BBQ hosted by the Southampton Rotary, and more! All proceeds will be donated to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation. They’re also offering 25% off sunglasses on UV Groovy Day only (some exclusions apply).
Raffle prizes have been generously donated by the Bruce County Museum, Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, Baby Boutique, Ro.Sham.Bo Baby and Saugeen Shores Family Eye Care.
“Even parents who understand the need for sunscreen on skin are often unaware of the importance of sun protection for their children’s eyes,” says Dr. Kristen Robinson, who operates a Sunglass Cove as part of Saugeen Shores Family Eye Care. “Our goal is to keep kids’ eyes healthy.”
Dr. Greg Carr notes "as children are outside on average three times more than adults they get more UV exposure to the back of their eyes.” Exposure is cumulative and can cause damage to the eyes over time. Even short term exposure can cause burning, itching and tearing of the eyes. It is important to protect your child's eyes early in life to ensure that they have the best chance for healthy eyes throughout their lifetimes.
No one likes to think about future risks, but exposure to UV increases a child’s chances of developing cataracts and macular degeneration later in life. Parents who understand the need for sunscreen on skin are often unaware of the importance of sun protection for their children’s eyes.
Early detection is key. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that all children have a complete eye exam before age three (as early as six months old). No time is too soon and children are covered by OHIP for annual eye exams with a valid health card up to the age of 19. Until the age of eight, the connections from the eyes to the brain are still being formed, so it’s important that vision concerns be detected and treated early. That’s where we come in – Optometrists are fully qualified to conduct a complete eye exam.
Give their eyes a healthy start on Wednesday, July 10th!