ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When you reach for your sunglasses, don't forget your child's sunglasses as well.
An Albany optometrist says eye protection is important even when it comes to children.
Dr. Taylor Prchal is an optometrist at Albany's Vision Source off Old Dawson Road.
He said that kids are exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays more during the summer months.
Ultraviolet rays can be damaging over time, so it's important that people wear the proper protection while they're outdoors.
So what should parents look for when it comes to buying their kids the proper sun protection?
"The main thing we want to see, regardless of pricing, is that there's an ultraviolet protection…if it's a $5 pair or a $200 pair, the ultraviolet protection is what we're after. The quality runs with the price," the optometrist said.
There are other ways to protect your child's vision during the summer.
If your child likes to swim, make sure that they're not swimming with their contact lenses.
"A lot of time folks don't know that but contact lenses in a pool environment can harbor certain area bacteria that an eye without a contact lens won't harbor and that can cause big issues. So if you do swim in contact lens, stop," he explained.
Chlorine can also affect eyes, children who keep their eyes open underwater may experience redness or irritation.
Dr. Prchal recommends contacting your eye care provider if those symptoms last more than a few hours.
Soon the pools will be closed and summer will end, marking the beginning of another school year.
Dr. Prchal recommends that students take an eye exam before school starts to make sure that their visions are healthy for classroom.
To make an appointment with Dr. Prchal or other optometrists at Vision Source, call 229-888-3937.