How to choose the best sunglasses for children in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and Ozark
If you are like most parents, you probably apply copious amounts of sunscreen on your kids before every outdoor activity. But what about their eyes? While you’re probably very careful not to let sunscreen irritate their eyes, did you ever think about the best ways to actively protect their valuable vision?
Just like adults, kids need eye protection from hazardous UV sun rays. If your child wears prescription glasses, then you’ll need to purchase prescription sunglasses for kids. Keep in mind that children’s’ vision can change rapidly, so always confirm that you are using an up-to-date vision prescription when buying new sunglasses. If you’re not sure, then schedule a pediatric eye exam in one of our offices in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL, before investing in new frames. We look forward to fitting your kids with clear and healthy vision for days of fun in the sun!
At what age should I start buying sunglasses for kids?
Children are extremely vulnerable to the hazards of ultraviolet light. UV rays from the sun can reach deep into eye tissues and contribute to developing eye disease in the future. Kids spend a lot of time outdoors, which can put their vision at risk. Because the effects of UV rays are cumulative, it is important for your child to wear sunglasses from a young age – from approximately 2-3 years old is ideal.
A sun hat with a wide brim is also recommended, but only in addition to sunglasses because UV rays reflect off water, sand, and the sidewalk, and a hat can’t protect against that. In sum, sunglasses for kids are a sensational way to help keep your kids eyes healthy as they grow up!
What features are important in sunglasses for kids?
We offer a fun array of sunglasses for kids in our Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and Ozark optical collections, and our staff will be happy to help you choose the best pair for your child. Some criteria to look for when choosing sunglasses for kids include:
- UV protection: Sunglasses should block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays.
- Wide styles = broad protection: The more skin that a pair of sunglasses covers, the better. Wraparound styles are an awesome choice.
- Play-resistant lenses: Kids run, fall, and crash into each other all the time. They need sunglasses that won’t break under the stress of their rough and tumble lifestyle. Be sure the lenses are impact-resistant and scratch-proof. In general, polycarbonate lenses are a safe bet.
- A good fit: Frames need to be flexible, bendable, and unbreakable. Spring hinges that extend beyond 90 degrees are recommended, and the sunglasses should fit snug (but not tight) on the face.
- Right look: Let your child – especially older kids and teens – select his or her own sunglasses. Fashion matters, even at a young age. When kids don’t like the way they look, they won’t wear their sunglasses.
How can I encourage my child to wear sunglasses?
Kids will do as you do, before they do as you say. If parents and older siblings wear sunglasses, younger children will usually copy. Again, letting your children choose their own style of sunglasses goes far towards keeping the glasses on their face. With young and active kids, specialized elastic bands may help to keep sunglasses in place during sports and on the playground. (Warning: be careful not to use a band or cord for infants and toddlers, as it can be a choking hazard.)
Pop into our optical stores in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL, anytime to shop from our trending collection of sunglasses for kids and for your entire family!