There is evidence to indicate that protecting
the eyes from ultraviolet radiation may prevent
the development of cataracts. The recent
amendments to the California Education Code do
not specifically include sunglasses, yet they
are an important component of personal sun
your eye out, kid!
Many schools discourage or do not allow
students to wear sunglasses.
Administrators have voiced a variety of negative
opinions, such as “they might break,”
“they might cause an injury,” “kids will lose
them.” Yet, many children with vision
impairment routinely wear their corrective
lenses on the playground so it is difficult to
fully justify these reservations. With a
health benefit attributable to wearing
sunglasses, is it in children’s best interest to
Parents and students can make their own
informed decision after weighing the potential
benefit against the cost and possible danger
associated with wearing sunglasses.
Develop a plan to inform parents and students
that sunglasses are allowed and, while
disclaiming liability, provide tips on
sunglasses safety. For example, the lenses
should provide 100% protection against UVA and
UVB, and a sports band will help to hold them
onto the head.