SUNGLASSES: WHAT YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN`S EYES
by: Lou Brighton
Children are sensitive creatures. They haven’t had enough environmental exposure to develop strong protection mechanisms. Their immunity systems are weak, their skeletal structure is soft, and their eyes are sensitive to light. You need to gear them up for protection. And when it comes to eyesight, the best protection mechanism is a pair of sunglasses.
The Developing Eye.
While sunglasses should be a lifetime habit, they’re crucial in the first years of life. Children’s eyes physically develop all the way to puberty. As for vision clarity (20/20), this is achieved by children at a young age. So, the protection MUST start early.
Avoid Early Eyesight Problems
Let’s start with myopia.
Myopia is near-sightedness, which means far objects seem blurry to a person. Myopia is largely genetic, but it can be made worse by the environment. You need to check family history for that. Myopia sometimes leads to complaints of glare and photophobia. In fact, many myopic individuals feel pain when facing bright lights. And how do you dampen those lights? You do so withpolarized sunglasses. This should be a habit for your myopic child. If they’re going outdoors, and they’re exposed to glare and sunlight, make sure they have sunglasses on.
Another problem children can suffer from. Cataracts happen when the eye lens blur overtime. They can exist in newborn children (which is uncommon), but they usually develop after birth. While there’s a genetic component here too, cataracts can be severely worsened by UV rays. Prolonged UV rays exposure can lead to damage in children’s eyes, and the aid in forming cataracts. And what do you need to protect your child from UV? Again, you need sunglasses.
Most people pick sunglasses with a certain style in mind. As a parent, you’re not doing that. Your job is to pick a pair that maximizes protection as much as possible. And the protection comes in 4 ways:
- UV coating
Polarizing films reduce incoming glare. Polarized sunglasses are suitable for most children with light sensitivity (this being most of them).
Those glasses are found everywhere. Any glasses marked as `polarizing` contain this protective film.
Anti-reflection coating is added to the back of a lens. They ensure minimal light reflecting from the frame back into your eyes, which contributes to glare.
Mirror coating adds a small reflective layer to lens, deflecting small amounts of light. This is best for myopic children.
As for UV coating, this is absolutely necessary. As we mentioned, it leads to cataracts. It also leads to photokeratitis (eye sunburn) in children. So you want UV400 lens in glasses.
And in worst case-scenarios, there’s eye cancer.
Any Recommended Products?
Yes. But first, we’d like to mention a tip.
Children sunglasses should be affordable. Glasses are easily mishandled by children, which leads to breakage. At most, you should get a $40 pair. Don’t bother with expensive brands that range from $100-$250 in price. Those are usually for style, not practicality.RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS: ARREN KIDS by Lou Brighton sunglasses (www.loubrighton.com)
Children usually do not appreciate classic styles. When picking glasses for children, always go for modern tastes. Sports eyewear styles work best.
This pair comes from a modern-looking series. But here, we’ve decided to list the black option. Black is a good starting frame color, and it should attract children’s attention. This pair contains the protective features like UV400 lens and polarizing film.
Not to mention, the frame is suitable for children. The frame is light and spacious enough so it’s not too heavy or tight on your child’s face. It is stable, not wobbly, and it hugs your child’s temples properly. Finally, this pair costs $23.99, and it’s durable and bendable! That’s cheaper than most quality glasses you’ll ever find on the market!AMELIA KIDS by Lou Brighton sunglasses (www.loubrighton.com)
Children have fruiter tastes than adults. And expect that to be a nagging complaint with sunglasses. White and red are excellent for pre-school toddlers. It’s not just color they’d lover to wear. It’s also one they want to show off.Final Tip.
Let children choose their glasses themselves. Give them a hand in picking their favorite colors and designs. While they take care of the style, you take care of the practicality. After all, no one is going to judge a child’s fashion tastes. They get a pass for that, don’t they? :-)
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