Friday, October 9, 2009

Shopping for Kids Sunglasses by Andrea Morrison

We all do everything in our power to protect our children. We bundle them up in the cold, and bathe them in sunscreen when they are at the beach or pool. It is just as important to protect your child’s eyes as well. Studies show that in the first 2 years of life, a child’s eyes are in a rapid phase of growth and are more susceptible to sun damage. During the first 10 years of a child’s life, the eye lens is very clear. The clarity of the lens allows greater sun penetration and filters out less of the suns damaging Ultra Violet rays.

Studies also indicate the 80% of sun damage can occur during the first 18 years of life. In addition, some doctors believe that prolonged exposure to damaging rays of the sun can increase the risk of a person forming cataracts later in life. UV 400 is the highest protection available and recommended by all ophthalmologists. The color or tint of the lens does not affect UV protection. Polarized lenses help block glare and make objects look very clear. Glasses that wrap will help block the suns rays from the side.

There are many different types of children’s sunglasses available. Most children like sunglasses with bright colors. The most popular kids’ sunglasses are smaller versions of adult sunglasses such as aviators and wayfarers. A child will usually love to wear sunglasses if he/she believes they are fashionable and comfortable. If they are not comfortable, the child will not want to wear them. Although smaller in size, a good pair of children’s sunglasses should cost about the same as a good pair of adult glasses Sunglasses sold in the toy section should be considered toys and not relied upon for eye protection.

Some glasses are more resistant to breakage than others are. Thin metal frames tend to bend easily. If a child bends them out of shape, they may bend back into proper fit. Thick plastic frames will not bend and are more durable. Polycarbonate lenses are less likely to scratch than acrylic lenses.

Sunglass cords attach to both arms and allow the glasses to hang from the neck. This accessory will help keep your child’s glasses from falling to the ground and getting lost or broken. Hard shell cases are another great accessory that will help keep your child’s glasses in good shape. Micro fiber cleaning cloths are great for cleaning sunglasses. This material will not scratch the lenses. Once you find a pair of sunglasses your child loves, it may be a good idea to buy a second pair for backup. After all, we all know that kids play tough and things will get broken.

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