Kids and the Sun

Sun damage, it’s something we may not always think about but should, especially when it comes to our children.

We all know what the damage is that the sun can do to our skin, a burn, or worst case being a skin cancer, but what about our eyes?

Children spend a lot more time outdoors than adults which means they are more exposed to UV radiation at a young age. A child’s eyes are more susceptible to damage from UV  than adults, this is because the lens inside a child’s eyes has more trouble with filtering high-energy rays. Up to half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation can occur before the age of 18 which is alarming because excessive exposure to UV radiation has been linked to cataracts and other eye problems.

So what’s the solution?

kids-sunniesSunglasses, are a great way to protect your child’s developing vision and it’s never too early to start.

We need to stop thinking of sunglasses as a fashion accessory, but think of them as essential eye protection with the added benefit of being trendy.

We especially need to be protecting our children’s vision around water; at the beach, in the snow, or out fishing.

How do I choose the right set?

Be careful when choosing sunglasses for your child. There are a lot of different places out there where you can get children’s sunglasses from but not all of them will be giving you a product that will protect your child’s vision.

You need to look for the following things when choosing the right sunglasses;

1. Make sure they’re 100% UV protectant – this is extremely important and the reason for getting sunglasses in the first place.

2. Make sure they’re fitting your child correctly – if they’re too big or too small your child won’t wear them.

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