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How to Choose a Pair of Sunglasses for Your Kids

Once upon a time, putting sunglasses on your kids would have been regarded as unforgivably pretentious. Times have changed and so has our climate.  UV rays cause macular degeneration. The macula is the part of the retina that enables you to see detail and macular degeneration is the most common reason for vision loss.  Encouraging your child to wear sunglasses is not just about making them look cute, it’s about a responsible attitude to your child’s long-term health.

UV Protection

Most of us, when we choose sunglasses, focus all our attention on the frames, but of course it’s the lenses that are the important part.  Choose lenses which block 100% of UVA and UVB radiation. You need to be aware that this is not what is meant by ‘sunglass category’. ‘Sunglass category’, which ranges from one to four, only indicates the level of tint.  Similarly, a polarised lens will prevent glare, but it is not a protection against UV rays.

Don’t assume that your child would love a pair of sunglasses

Just because you would love the idea of somebody buying you a pair of sunglasses, doesn’t mean that your child will be so enthusiastic.  As any parent knows, as soon as a child knows that you desperately want them to do something, the chances are that they won’t want to do it.  Children love a sense of doing grown-up things, and like all humans, they also enjoy a sense of free choice. So, rather than informing your child that they will wear sunglasses, like it or not, talk about how much you like yours and how good they are for your eyes. Browse styles online and ensure that your child is fully involved in the decision-making process.  If they have involvement in the shopping process, they are far more likely to wear sunglasses of their own volition without you having to nag them to do so.

Choose Quality

Not only do you need tough, good-quality lenses, but you also need frames that are going to last. If your child’s health is important to you and of course it is, there’s absolutely no point in trying to save money by buying a cheap pair of sunglasses.

Style is Important

Your child will already understand that sunglasses are about more than protection, they are about style too.  By choosing a popular pair such as some Junior Ray-Ban’s, you are choosing a style which certainly isn’t going to go out of fashion anytime soon, and can be customized pretty easily too, keeping you reassured and them happy.

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