At first sight, making a toddler or a first grader wear sunglasses is just the snobbish idea of the parents. Why would your kid need to look cool? Are they hiding anything? Actually, sunglasses are not just about looking cool, they’re about health and eye protection, too. Setting the example are celebrities like Gwen Stefani or Katie Holmes, who don’t forget to put sunglasses on the sensitive eyes of their children.
And the truth is kids’ eyes are way more sensitive than ours. Plus, they spend so much more time outside, in full sun, that they really need 100% UV protection. In America, 80% from the amount of time spent in the sun in a lifetime occurs before the age of 18.Moreover, a child’s eye cannot filter out UV rays like an adult’s does. So, just like you use a special sunscreen with high SPF for kids, you should find protective (and cute!) shades for your little one. The most dangerous months are in summer, especially between 12 pm – 4 pm; but winter play will also require protection, even if not so imminent.
It’s true that it’s not easy to convince your kid to keep his/her sunglasses on, and not to lose or break them in the first week (or day?). But this is where you can use the power of example: if you yourself wear sunglasses outside, they will find it more interesting to do it themselves; and in time this will become a (healthy) habit.
Some things to take into consideration when shopping for sunglasses are (1) comfort, (2) durable materials, and (3) buying from a reputable vendor. Since this is the eyes we’re talking about, we recommend picking well-known brands which produce kids eyewear, like Ray Ban Junior. They offer a wide range of sunglasses for boys and girls of different ages, from the famous Wayfarers and Clubmasters to aviators and cat eye shaped sunglasses. They offer variety in color, too, and you should definitely let your little one pick their favorite color – this way, they’ll be more likely to wear the new shades. You should also consider any special edition sunglasses with Disney characters or young pop singers like Hannah Montana – whatever your kid is into.
The color of the lenses, though, isn’t important: it has nothing to do with protection. Just let the kid pick it out, so that they gain a certain sense of property on the shades. You should also consider getting sunglasses cords (“retainers”), which will be attached to the temples of the frames in order to prevent them for getting lost or misplaced.
All in all, it is important to protect your children’s eyes and teach them about harmful UV rays from a young age. It’s never too early or too late to start wearing sunglasses, but we recommend starting early and preventing any potential harm from being done.
About Author: This article is contributed by by Jarin Mariea. She enjoys reading and writing about fashion and style. Recently kids sunglasses collection at GlassesOneWeb.com attracted her focus to write this post.