Most children are generally not interested in wearing sunglasses, but their developing eyes need more protection from the sun’s rays than adults need. Children spend a great deal of time outside in direct sunlight. Experts say that by the time we are 18, we have already experienced half of our lifetime exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Protecting your child’s eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays is important when considering their future eye health.
Children’s sunglasses are a diverse market, and sunglass brands provide a variety of styles, colors, and sizes, so your child will not have difficulty finding an option they will love. If you found a style of eyeglass frames your child already enjoys wearing, they can be easily changed to sunglasses by replacing the clear lenses with tinted ones.
Wireframes are a common sunglass style that work for children, because of their durability. To provide the most protection for your child’s eyes, wraparound frames are effective against the sun’s powerful UV rays. Because wraparound frames sit closer to the face than other frame styles, they can protect both the eyes and the sensitive skin around your child’s eyes.
When you are shopping for sunglasses for your child, you should be sure that the sunglass lenses have 100% UV protection from the sun. The sun’s harmful UV radiation builds over time, and the effects can manifest as your child ages. Limiting your child’s exposure to harmful UV radiation can decrease their risk of cataracts and other eye problems that may occur when they are adults.
The best lens type to choose for your child is a polycarbonate lens. These lenses block 100% of the sun’s UV rays, are light-weight, and have a higher impact resistance than other lenses. Polycarbonate lenses can also be tinted to almost any shade.
If your child needs prescription eyewear, then photochromic polycarbonate lenses may be their best lens option. Photochromic polycarbonate lenses transition from clear to tinted as your child is exposed to sunlight, and then quickly change back to clear as your child goes indoors. These lenses enable your child to only need one pair of eye glasses, and they will also provide 100% protection from the sun’s UV radiation.
Children are always on the go, and it’s important to protect your investment in your child’s sunglasses. Purchasing a hard-shell, durable carrying case for your child’s sunglasses will provide your child with a safe place to keep their sunglasses when they are not outside. Be sure to teach your child the correct way to care for and clean their sunglasses. Cords that attach to the back of the frames and hang around your child’s neck are also great for ensuring that the sunglasses stay with your child. If your child no longer wants to wear the sunglasses, they can safely hang the glasses around their neck instead of leaving them in a random place. If you have more questions about sunglasses for your child, be sure to ask their eye doctor at their next routine eye exam.