A good pair of sunglasses is often left out of the protection kit, and that can spell future vision problems. A little bit of sunlight is good for all of us, but if children are playing outside for extended periods of time, that's intense, and their eyes need to be protected.
Research shows that we absorb 80 percent of our lifetime exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light by the age of 18. This happens because children's eyes are more vulnerable to damage from the sun than adults'. Our cornea, lens, and fluids are clearer when we're younger, allowing more light to reach the retina. As we age, our eyes' lenses harden, so by the age of 20 the risks of UV rays to the eyes are usually reduced. But until then, our kids are especially vulnerable.
Why does it matter? Because the effects of UV damage are cumulative and many. In fact, many of the sun-related eye problems faced by adults can be prevented simply by wearing sunglasses from an early age. Even as early as two to three years old, or as soon as you can get your kiddos to keep them on. Unprotected exposure to UV rays could eventually lead to cataracts or cause inflammation of the eyes’ outside membrane (think pinkeye).
Bottom line: Kids' eyes need protection from UV rays. And while a wide-brimmed hat is a good idea, it won’t replace sunglasses. The sun will reflect off the sidewalk, sand, water or snow from below and get into their eyes. So now that we’ve established why sunnies are a must, here are some factors to consider to pick the perfect pair of shades:
Polaroid Kids P 0115/S Sunglasses Polarized Blue/Lime-0UDF-JY
Sunglasses aren’t just a style statement, they’re important protection. We have tons of great sunglasses for kids that are affordable, fit these characteristics and work really well at Optiwow.com, including ones that can hold a prescription. Take a look at our Sunwear section and if you have any questions just say the word, we’re here to help.