Sunglasses For Kids Are Not Just for Fashion
Go to any park, beach, ski resort, and you’ll see kids everywhere, but hardly any of them will be wearing proper sunwear... even though the reasons for wearing them are quite compelling. Scientific studies indicate that kids need sun protection even more than adults do, and it’s been estimated that 80 percent of lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 18.
Parents often go to great lengths to protect their childrens’ skin from sun damage, but not often enough do they provide their children with a pair of “quality” sunglasses. Sunwear may be a fashion statement to some, but sunglasses have a function infinitely more important- protecting our eyes from permanent problems.
UV protection is a year- round concern, and we know that the sun’s effects on the eyes are cumulative over our lifetime. “Proper” sunwear limits damaging UV rays to the eyes, and damage that does occur can contribute to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal problems, as well as skin cancers around the eyes.
Children must wear lenses that block at least 99% UVA&UVB rays and are polycarbonate. Be wary of sunglasses that say “blocks UV” or “provides UV protection” without specifying exactly what percentage of UV rays the product blocks. Check the frames also- many, particularly the inexpensive types can be a breakage or an injury hazard, and many childrens’ frames contain lead, which has been a leading cause of many recent recalls.
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