Why do children need sunglasses?
Sunnies are more than just face fashion or a way to not scare the coffee guy after a sleepless night cuddle wrestling your toddler. If the right ones are worn, they will keep you as well as your kids’ eyes protected from SUN DAMAGE.
Children are in the sun on average three times longer every day than adults and with eyes being 10 times more sensitive to UV light than skin it is just as important to wear kids sunglasses as it is sunscreen. Also if we consider kids eyes have larger pupils and clearer lenses, allowing up to 70 percent more UV light to reach the retinas than an adult’s eyes, there is no arguing that sunglasses need to be a part of children's daily outside play routine.
The Science of Sunglasses.
Sun damage to the eye is linked to serious problems such as macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the industrial world, as well as cataracts (cloudiness of the lens) and pterygia (benign growths on the white of the eye, which can end up blocking vision). Research has also found that spending five or more hours outside every day in the summer during your teens and early adult years could increase the risk of developing macular degeneration by up to 50 percent.
So how do you choose the right sunglasses for your little buddy?
What to look for when shopping for Sunglasses.
- 100% UV Protection.
- Close fitting sunnies or team them with a cap.
- Meet the high Australian Standards AS 1067:2003 for sunglasses.
It is important to only buy sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection, or UV400 protection, (same thing). This means that the glasses protect eyes from both UVA and UVB radiation which is the damaging part of sun exposure.
It is the UVR-absorbing properties of the lenses that provide the protection and not the colour of the lenses – so dark sunglasses are not necessarily more effective at protecting the eyes from UVR than lightly tinted sunglasses. In fact darker lenses with less than 100% UV can be hazardous.
It is important to make sure baby sunglasses, toddler sunglasses & kids sunglasses are as protective as ones for mum & dad.
Make sure you and your little buddies peepers are covered in not only stylish but protective sunglasses like the ones you find at BUDDY + BIGGIE SUNGLASSES
References: World Health Organisation (WHO), UK charity Eyecare Trust, Cancer Council Australia & Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).