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Do babies and young children really need sunglasses?
According to most eye doctors and researchers, the answer is an emphatic "yes”.
By: www.aoa.org. UV PROTECTION CRITICAL FOR EYE HEALT
Children's eyes are more susceptible to Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation than adult eyes because the lenses inside young eyes are less capable of filtering these damaging rays. This is especially true for young children, so it's wise for babies and young kids to start wearing quality, UV protective sunglasses as soon as they are outdoors and exposed to direct sunlight.
Experts estimate that at least 80 percent of a person's lifetime exposure to ultraviolet radiation takes place by age 18. Eye damaged due to UV rays is cumulative over our lifetime and irreparable. Damage due to exposure to UV rays can lead to serious eye diseases and even blindness in older adults.
UV radiation cannot be seen or felt, making it especially dangerous as the damage done to the eyes from long-term exposure to UV rays cannot be repaired," said Fraser Horn, O.D., a member of the AOA's Sports Vision Council and Assistant Professor of Optometry, Pacific University College of Optometry. "Whether it's a cloudy or sunny day, summer or winter, eyes, just like the skin, need to be protected from the sun's UV rays in order to decrease the risk of diseases and disorders."
By investing in quality children's sunglasses, you are helping your kids enjoy a lifetime of good vision.
What to look for in quality, UV sunglasses for babies and kids.
In addition to lenses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, most eye doctors recommend children's sunglasses also have these desirable features:
• Frames that wrap-around for maximum protection. Guarding against peripheral UV light is just as important as protection from direct light. Reflective light, from snow or water, is also damaging. For the best protection, look for frames that provide full wrap-around protection.
• Fit for a child. Make sure sunglasses deliver a snug, comfortable fit. Avoid sunglasses that are too big or too loose for our child’s face. For babies and active kids, banded solutions that fit under hats and helmets are best.
Beware of Cheap Sunglasses for Children
Be a smart shopper when it comes to sunglasses for children. Sunglasses are not toys. They are necessary gear for any child who plays outdoors. And while you do not need to pay a king’s ransom for a quality pair of sunglasses for your kids, it is important to make sure the sunglasses you do buy offer the best protection for your kids eyes.
Inferior sunglasses can do more damage to your children’s eyes than no sunglasses at all!
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