Why Sunglasses Should Be As Common As Sunscreen for Kids
Kids Sunglasses are like SPF for Their Vision
You likely tell your children how important it is to wear sunscreen, but have you shared with them the importance of wearing sunglasses? Children under the age of 10 are more susceptible to eye and skin damage brought on by exposure to ultraviolet rays (UVR). The skin around a child’s eyelids and eyes is more delicate than adults. A child’s eye lens is also clear until the age of about ten. A clear eye lens allows more solar light to penetrate it, which naturally lead to higher UVR exposure.
90% of all skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UVR lights. Overexposure to the retina is closely tied to cataracts and macular degeneration which create vision impairment. Because UVR damage is a process that takes process over time, it’s best to prevent this by purchasing children’s sunglasses.
Luckily, a good pair of sunglasses can sufficiently protect against eye damage. If under 6 months of age, children should not have exposure to the sun at all. But after that point, sunglasses can be worn to protect their youthful vision. You can purchase smaller “petite” sunglass frames that are perfect for children at any age.
Before you purchase kids sunglasses, consider the following:
Buy sunglasses that block 99% - 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Larger frames also means that more of your kids skin and eye area is protected. Consider purchasing bigger frames to maintain the health of their skin and their eyes.
Kids are more active (and sometimes clumsy), and because they’re more prone to jump off walls or trip on shoelaces during a kickball game, these factors should be considered when buying their frames. Either way, you'll want to purchase sunglasses that are impact-resistant and scratch-proof. Make sure the glasses also fit firmly to the face.
Before you purchase sunglasses, be sure to thoroughly examine the pair to ensure that it’s free of scratches or other discrepancies. Sometimes kids won’t think to report any of these inconsistencies when they put them on.
Invest in Eyeglass Cases
If you want to ensure that the kids don’t lose their sunglasses, or damage them when they’re not in use, think about getting a fun eyeglass case they’ll be excited to use. Lenz Frenz makes some very fun eyeglass cases for sunglasses and eyeglass frames, like this Owl Eyeglass Case (below). From monkeys and owls, to dinosaurs and teddy bears, your child will be eager to put their sunglasses in a safe place.
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