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Tips On Getting Kids To Wear Sunglasses

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As a parent you may already be well aware of the damage that excessive exposure to the sun can do to your children’s skin, and most likely are already taking the proper precautions to protect them when they are going to spend extensive periods outdoors. This includes such things as making sure they are wearing sunscreen, light colored clothing and even a hat.

You may not be aware however of the damage that the sun’s ultraviolet rays can inflict on your children’s eyes. Optometrists suggest that children as young as 2 years old should wear some form of eye protection when outdoors, as increased exposure to UVA and UVB rays can result in chronic eye disorders, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Getting your kids to wear sunglasses can be challenging, but there are many ways to make the transition easier. Like many things in life, forming good habits will help your children to live more fulfilled, healthier and productive lives. Here are a few considerations to take in mind when trying to get your kids to wear their sunglasses:


One of the most important things to take into consideration when buying a pair of sunglasses for your children is that not all kids’ sunglasses are created equally. Those that are more of a toy than an actual pair of sunglasses may actually do more harm to your child’s eyes. Cheap plastic sunglasses that do not block 100% of UVA and UVB rays will expose their eyes to more ultraviolet radiation than if they were not wearing sunglasses at all. This is because the darkened lenses will force their pupils to dilate, there by allowing more of the harmful rays to get to the retina. So make sure whichever pair your child is leaning towards that they always have a sticker on them that says that they either block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays, meet ANSI standards, or that they block UV absorption up to 400 nanometers.


It is crucial to find a pair of sunglasses for your child that fit properly, and not only to ensure that the are not falling off, with the possibility of getting broken, but to also make sure that they are comfortable enough to actually wear. You may be able to get your kid to wear their sunglasses as they leave the house, but let’s face it, if they aren’t comfortable enough we all know that they will be the first thing to be removed once your kid is out of sight.


We all know that kids break stuff, sure most of it may be unintentional, but it happens nonetheless. When it comes to sunglasses we all know how easily they can be stepped on, sat on or just plan forgotten. If we can do it, you have to bet it will happen to your kid’s sunglasses at least twice as much. Finding a pair of sunglasses that are not only affordable, but also durable is crucial in getting your kids to always have a pair of sunglasses around to wear. Flexible plastic frames and polycarbonate lenses are best suited for children.

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