We all know that it’s important to wear sunglasses to protect our eyes during the warmer months, but did you know it’s more important for kids under the age of 10 years old to wear sunglasses all year round. Until the age of 10 years old the lens of a child’s eye is clear, allowing higher solar penetration of the eye and increased chances of UV rays-induced ocular changes.
Now, think back to your last outdoor playdate, how many kids were wearing sunglasses? Probably not as many as there should be, right?
Picking the best pair of sunglasses can be a challenge even when it’s for yourself, let alone when you’re trying to pick for your kids. To help you make the best choice in picking sunglasses that protect your kids eyes we have created this easy to follow checklist!
Let kids choose their own sunglasses.
Kids love to play dress up and more than ever like to have a say in the way they look and dress. This extends to their choice of sunglasses! Experts, and our own community of awesome moms and dads, agree that letting kids pick their own sunglasses leads to greater wear and care. We designed our sunglasses with exactly this in mind and wanted to give kids sunglasses that allowed them the freedom to express themselves and have fun!
Make sure the sunglasses block 99 - 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays
Sunlight is made up of two types of harmful rays; UVA and UVB. UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of UV radiation entering the Earths atmosphere. Although UVA is less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more common. UVB rays, are the chief cause of sunburn and eye damage. When looking for protective kids sunglasses always make sure to look for and purchase kids sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent UVA / UVB protection.
Durability is key
Kids are active, they love climbing trees, playing sport and running around with friends! Their sunglasses should be durable enough to withstand their active lifestyles. Look for impact-resistant, shatter-proof lenses and avoid glass lenses. Frame should be bendable but unbreakable and ideally use high quality hardware like 5-barrel hinges; which is the most durable hinge available.
Think about BPA-free
BPA is an industrial chemical found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins plastic. Over the last few years many have moved away from BPA plastics in favour of non-toxic BPA-free plastic options, with more and more BPA-free products entering the market. It’s important to look at whether the sunglasses you are considering for you child contains BPA. We are proud that JUNiA sunglasses are not only protective but are also 100% BPA-free.
It’s so important to start kids wearing the best protective sunglasses at a young age to safeguard their future eye health!