Nationwide Children's Hospital offers tips for parents

June 27 is officially Sunglasses Day but doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital and other children's medical centers recommend having children wear sunglasses whenever their parents do.

Children's eyes are more susceptible to harm from the sun because their lenses do not block as much UV as adult lenses do, according to information provided by Nationwide Children's Hospital. The sun can cause sunburned corneas, cancer of the eyelid, cataracts and macular degeneration.

Doctors recommend hats with wide brims and sunglasses that block both kinds of UV rays.

To learn more about children's eye health, visit http://healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org/Library/Pediatric/EyeCare/90,P02105 or http://www.chla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.6064025/k.7F6D/Summer_Eye_Safety_Tips__Childrens_Vision_Protection__The_Vision_Center.htm#.U4yOTcJOWUk.