Opthalmologists recommend that kids as young as 6 months should start to wear sunglasses if they are out when it is bright outside. They protect against damaging UV lights and keep their eyes healthy, especially as young children are more prone to such damage. UV damage is also cumulative, so starting to protect their eyes early will help them into their adult year.
Look for lenses that block 100% of UVA and UVB lenses that cover a good portion of their eyes. Durable or flexible hinges are great as kids are likely to snatch the sunglasses off their faces and anything too delicate will not fare well.
How to keep children from resisting sunglasses?
For very young children, it sometimes is difficult to keep the sunglasses on their faces as their little nose bridges are not fully developed. Some brands will sell sunglass straps that help keep the sunglasses on their faces and it can be a feature to consider.
Another reason for children to resist wearing sunglasses is the simple reason that their world suddenly becomes darker when they put on a pair of sunglasses. Apart from talking to them from an early age to let them understand that it is important to protect their eyes with sunglasses, you should also set a good example by wearing them yourself on bright sunny days out.
In addition to these, you may want to consider polarised sunglasses for the little ones as these actually give them crisper images and better clarity than those without the polarizing feature.
What is the advantage of wearing polarised sunglasses?
Polarised sunglasses basically filter out lights that are reflected and bouncing off any smooth surfaces in the environment. The result is that there is reduced glare and better visibility. And when they can see better with these sunglasses, young children are more likely to keep them on.
Polarised sunglasses have these advantages,
- Reduce glare and improve visibility
- Enhance vision with crisper images and better clarity
- Better colour contrast
- Reduce eyestrain
In general, most people believe polarised sunglasses are to be used when outdoors in environment such as boating, fishing, waterskiing, skiing or similar activities They are indeed useful in such conditions but as we understand polarised lenses better, we also know that these allow the wearer to see with better colour contrast, better vision clarity when the conditions are very bright and sunny so therefore reducing eye strain and helping kids want to keep them on for longer.
Developing good habits from young
Vision is so important for everyone and you can start by helping your kids learn the good habit of protecting their vision with good quality sunglasses.
Check out our range of sunglasses for children from Babiators and Ki et La. There are many fun colours for babies up to kids 12 years of age. They are great also for gifts and baby showers and will be well appreciated by parents in the know.Available at all our stores and online.