Pittwater Life January 2018 Issue

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

The truth on

children, UV

and Blue-

Violet light

Because of

their lifestyle,

children are more

exposed than

adults to light,

yet their eyes

are not yet fully

developed so they

are less protected

from the harmful

effects of UV and

Blue-Violet light.

Consider this:

n Children tend to spend a lot

of time outdoors: on average

their annual UV exposure is

3 times higher than that for

adults;

n Children’s pupils are larger,

meaning they let in more UV

and Blue-Violet light; and

n Their crystalline lens is more

transparent, meaning it is less

efficient at filtering out UV.

Why does this matter?

Up to 80% of all UV exposure

occurs before the age of 18 and

70% of children do not wear

sunglasses.

with Rowena Beckenham

Screens tablets

and smartphones

which use LEDs

emit Blue-Violet

light – and the

sun is a major

source of Blue-

Violet light too.

We now know

that 46% of 5- to

8-year olds use

a computer at

least once a week, and children

spend an average time of three

hours each day watching TV

or playing on a tablet or smart

phone.

The long-term implications

for UV damage around the eyes

include cataracts, pterygiums,

skin cancers around the eyes

and macula degeneration so

early protection is vital for long

term eye health.

Talk your local Optometrist

for advice on looking after your

kid’s eyes. And remember:

children’s eye examinations are

covered by Medicare.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

50 JANUARY 2018

The Local Voice Since 1991

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