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Should my kids be wearing sunglasses?

After a child reaches their late teens, the lens of the eye changes and becomes a natural UV/blue light absorber to protect the back of the eye (retina). Before a child reaches their late teens, the lens allows UV/blue light to entirely reach the back of the eye (retina) and can create harmful conditions to develop in the future. As adults after age 20 years, we must continue to protect our eyes with proper sunglasses as well. The lens of the eye will continue to absorb UV and blue light at the risk of developing cataracts and the retina becomes more at risk to developing macular degeneration.
That is why it is critical for young children to wear sunglasses because we get 80% of our harmful UV/blue light exposure before age 20 years. Also, please note that if you wear very dark sunglasses that does not truly filter out UVa, UVb, and blue light, you could be creating more harm to your eye. A very dark sunglass will block out bright light, but without the proper filters in the sunglass lens, your pupils will open larger allowing more of the dangerous UVa, UVb and blue light into your eyes despite the greater comfort of less bright light. That is why I caution our patients about the “swap meet specials” that seem to be more of a fashion sunglass rather than a truly protective sunglass.
Picture1Picture of my 5-month old granddaughter wearing UV/blue light filtering sunglasses!

 

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

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Until further notice, we are only seeing essential care patients. Our hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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