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Offline sebastianganson

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A couple of days ago our family went to the local pool for fun in the sun.  Silly me, I forgot to bring along my sunglasses and found myself sitting in the kid's pool squinting and partially blinded by the bright sunshine that was also reflecting from the water and the light colored material used for the pool floor.  Shielding my eyes, I did a quick scan of the pool area and saw that most every adult had sunglasses while most every child did not.  My questions are:

At what age do our eyes typically grow more sensitive to light and lose ability to adjust (in full disclosure I do wear corrective lenses, so that may also have an impact)?
Would it have been better for everyone at the pool to wear sunglasses, and were the kids there doing more harm to their eyes than we perhaps realized?

Thanks!
Sebastian 
« Last Edit: 06/07/2013 22:13:52 by chris »


 

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Re: At what age do eyes become sensitive to bright sunlight?
« Reply #1 on: 07/07/2013 22:41:34 »
From birth.

It's dangerous for babies when adults put them (face up) in a stroller and allow the sunlight to fall on their faces. I often see these babies squinting, to which the adults are totally oblivious. Why do they think their babies are squinting? I would guess it's even harmful if the sunlight is not in their eyes, but their face-up position still forces them to look at the bright sky. The sky isn't just blue, it's also ultraviolet, which is harmful to eyes.

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Re: At what age do eyes become sensitive to bright sunlight?
« Reply #2 on: 09/07/2013 22:03:19 »
Had sun sneeze as long as I can remember, kind of weird:

"The photic sneeze reflex (also known as photoptarmosis, colloquially known as "sun sneezing") is a condition of uncontrollable sneezing in response to numerous stimuli, such as looking at bright lights or periocular (surrounding the eyeball) injection. The condition affects 1835% of the population, but its exact mechanism of action is not well understood."

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Re: At what age do eyes become sensitive to bright sunlight?
« Reply #3 on: 10/07/2013 08:29:13 »
I guess for the babies..the eyes are pretty much sensitive...so i think they should be avoided exposure to bright sunlight..
 

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Re: At what age do eyes become sensitive to bright sunlight?
« Reply #4 on: 11/07/2013 08:24:10 »
I wonder if the ageing problem is more to do with contrast than overall brightness? I sometimes find it difficult or even painful to drive with a bright cloudy sky intruding in my visual field whilst I'm trying to concentrate on traffic on a black road and pedestrians moving in shadows. On the other hand, as I've got older, I'm less inclined to reach for my sunglasses when flying above cloud in midday sunshine. 
 

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