August was 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 children.
Interestingly, it was also the same month as the solar eclipse, when parents and teachers alike were scrambling to make sure their kids had the right protection to view the historic event safely. As the month drew to a close, this increased focus on eye health led 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, according to 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 — such as that offered by Rayno — can block up to 99 percent of these damaging UV rays, without impacting visibility through the window. By installing this protection on windows in houses, schools and cars, adults can give the children in their lives the eye protection they need.
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.
Find Window Tint Installers Near You
If you’re looking for a window tint for your home or car that increases eye protection safety, the right tint product is important. Some tint products simply change the color of the window without blocking UV radiation, and others are easily damaged or scratched, which makes them less effective. Rayno’s window tint is durable and effective at blocking as much as 99 percent of harmful UV radiation. It will not warp, bubble or fade over time, and will make your home or car look good while also protecting your family.
To have Rayno’s window tint installed in your home or vehicle, locate a qualified Rayno installer in your area. You can also contact Rayno Window Film to learn more about our products and how they benefit children’s eye health.