Should I Buy Sunglasses for my Kids?
You most likely have a pair of sunglasses for yourself, maybe even several pairs depending on how you like to accessorize. But did you know you should have a pair for your kids too? Children’s eyes are very sensitive to the sun’s UV rays, and more susceptible to damage from the sun than your eyes. The best way to take care of your child’s eyes in the sun is to invest in a good pair of sunglasses for them. Don’t delay: the longer her eyes are exposed to damaging UV rays, the more eye diseases she could be prone to.
When selecting sunglasses for your child, you don’t want to simply buy a pair of fashion sunglasses. You want to make sure the glasses have enough UV protection to support your child’s eye health. They should block 99-100% of the sun’s UV A and UV B rays, have grey lenses that screen 75-90% of the available light in order for your child to still distinguish colors, and be free of distortions and imperfections. If your child is going to be out in the sun all day, consider getting her a pair of wrap-around sunglasses.
If your child already wears glasses, talk to your eyecare specialist about adding a pair of prescription sunglasses. You can select lenses that protect your child’s eyes from all the UV ray damage the sun can cause that also includes your child’s prescription. This will allow her to simply change her indoor glasses for her sunglasses when going outside, and vice versa.
Visit your local MyEyeLab store to see what exciting styles of sunglasses frames they currently have in stock. Most prescription glasses can be made into a pair of prescription sunglasses by adding a tinted lens. Lenses can be tinted in a variety of color with gray, brown and green being the most popular. Ask the Frame Specialist at a store near you about the various lens options you can choose from.
If cost is a factor, there are other options available to your child if she wears glasses. Rather than order a pair of prescription sunglasses, look for glasses that come with a pair of clip-on sunglasses. Again, make sure the clip-ons have the proper amount of UV protection. You can also look for a pair of clip-on sunglasses at your local department store. If you’re selecting a pair that don’t come pre-fitted with your child’s glasses, make sure you try several pairs on her glasses to make sure the one you buy fits properly, and provides proper protection.