Sunglasses for Kids

Children may not be as interested as adults are in wearing sunglasses as a fashion accessory. But because kids spend so much time outdoors in direct sunlight, they need sun protection even more than adults.

In fact, some experts say we get up to 80% of our lifetime exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation by the time we’re 18 years old.

Many styles available

You should have no trouble finding sunglasses your child will enjoy wearing. Children’s sunglasses are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes. And virtually any children’s frame can be transformed into sunglasses by adding prescription or non-prescription sun lenses.

Metal frames are very popular for children’s sunglasses because of their durability. Wraparound styles like those worn by adults are also popular in scaled-down versions for kids. Because they fit closer to the face than traditional frame styles, wraparound sunglasses provide superior UV protection not only for your child’s eyes, but for the delicate skin around their eyes as well.

Choose lenses with 100% UV protection

The most important thing when choosing children’s sunglasses is to make sure the lenses block 100% of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The harmful effects of UV radiation are cumulative over our lifetime. By limiting your youngster’s exposure to UV rays during childhood, you may be decreasing their risk of cataracts and other eye problems when they become adults.

Polycarbonate lenses are great for kids’ sunglasses because they have 100% UV protection built-in, and they are lighter and much more impact-resistant than lenses made of other materials. And they can be tinted to nearly any shade.

Photochromic polycarbonate lenses are a good choice for kids who need prescription eyewear. These lenses darken automatically when exposed to the sun’s UV rays, and then quickly return to a clear state indoors – so one pair of eyeglasses does the job of two! They also provide 100% UV protection.

Don’t forget the accessories!

To protect your investment in your child’s sunglasses, purchase a durable, hard-shell carry case for them. Also, make sure your son or daughter knows how to clean and care for their eyewear. Getting sunglass cords (commonly called “retainers”) is also a good idea. These are attached to the temples of the frame so your child can remove their sunglasses and the eyewear will stay with them – hanging from their neck instead of getting misplaced.

How to Get Your Child to Wear Glasses?

Everyone remembers how difficult it was to be a child, especially when you had something that made you stand out and others made fun of. So what do you do if your child needs glasses and they are not excited to wear them? You cannot tape them to their head or force them to wear the glasses when you are not around. So what can you do to encourage your child to wear their glasses?

Luckily, glasses have become trendy in the last few years and they make very stylish frames.  Hopefully your child will love their glasses and be excited to wear them. However, if your child is more hesitant, try some of these tips:

  • Let the teacher know your child needs glass and ask their help to ensure your child wears them.
  • Show your child pictures of celebrities and athletes wearing glasses and have them identify their favorite singer, actress, athlete or role model who wears glasses too.
  • Encourage your child to practice in front of the mirror with their glasses on. It will feel strange at first, but will eventually become second nature.
  • Encourage your child to take the glasses off throughout the day if they are uncomfortable. If the glasses are really uncomfortable, take your child back to get the frames adjusted.
  • If your child is old enough for contacts, see if they would prefer those instead.