Why do kids need to wear sunglasses? Great question! Below you'll find the A to Z of sun safety and why it's important for kids to protect their eyes and wear sunglasses!
UV RAYS EFFECTS ON KIDS EYES
Kids under the age of 10 are at higher risk of eye damage from UV rays. The lens of a child under the age of 10's eye is clear, allowing high solar penetration and increased chances of UV rays-induced ocular changes. UV rays damage builds over time, so the earlier kids wear sunglasses the lower the risk of developing future eye problems.
EARLY EXPOSURE TO UVA AND UVB RAYS
Exposure to UVA and UVB rays increase the risk of age-related eye problems, including cataracts and macular degeneration. Researchers say the more exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays during a lifetime, the more at risk you may be. Kids spend more time outdoors than most adults and some experts say nearly 50 percent of a persons lifetime exposure to UV rays can occur before the age of 18.
REFLECTIVE LIGHT EFFECTS ON KIDS
UV rays are reflective and can bounce off any surface. This reflective UV light is just as damaging as direct UV. Sunglasses that offer UVA and UVB protection are the best way to filter harmful rays from a child's eyes in any condition.
UVA / UVB PROTECTION
Sunlight that reaches us here on Earth, 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 and are most prevalent in the US between April and October. When looking for kids sunglasses always make sure to purchase sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent UVA / UVB protection, like JUNiA!
LET'S PROTECT KIDS EYES
5 percent of American parents say their kids "always" wears sunglasses. 12.6 percent say they use "nothing" to protect their kids eyes and surrounding skin from the sun's UV rays. We're here to help! The best way to protect your kids eyes is with a pair of JUNiA sunglasses 😉