We often encounter parents who still consider sunglasses primarily as a fashion accessory instead of a protective eyewear. So, buying a pair of sunglasses for their little ones often gets ignored.
Since children spend much more time outdoors than most adults do, sunglasses that block 100% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are extra important for children.
In fact, because children spend significantly more time outdoors than most adults, some experts say that up to 30-50% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation can occur by the age 18.
Excessive lifetime exposure to UV radiation has always been linked to the possible development of early cataracts and other eye problems; hence it’s never too early for kids to begin wearing good quality sunglasses outdoors.
UV rays aren’t the only potential danger from sunlight. Recently, researchers have suggested that long-term exposure to high-energy visible (HEV) light rays, also called “blue light,” may also cause eye damage over time. In particular, some believe a high lifetime exposure to HEV light may contribute to the development of macular degeneration later in life.
Young eyes are more susceptible to UV and HEV radiation than adult eyes because the lens inside a child’s eye is less capable of filtering these high-energy rays and thus more vulnerable. This is especially true for young children, so it’s wise for kids to start wearing protective sunglasses outdoors as early in life as possible.
Sunglasses with soft, flexible frames and as well UV protected /polarized goggles help protect eyes from harsh glare. Impact resistant Polycarbonate/Trivex are the best lens option for kids.
Exposure to UV rays increases at high altitudes, in highly reflective environments (such as in a snowfield, on the water or on a sandy beach or desert). Protective sunwear is especially important for kids in these situations. As well those kids who need vision correction can get their sunglasses fitted with prescription sunlenses.