With summer now in full swing, it’s time to break out the tank tops, sunblock and sunglasses. When it comes to children, sunglasses are an essential part of protecting young eyes from potentially harmful UV (ultraviolet) and HEV (high energy visible) rays.
Children spend a significant amount more time outside than most adults, and their eyes are still developing and growing. Children’s eyes are also less able to filter out damaging UV and HEV rays, meaning they are at an even higher risk for eye damage.
Here are some things to consider when purchasing sunwear for your child:
- Verify with your optician that the sunglasses you choose will block 100% of UV rays.
- Keep in mind that the color of lenses that block HEV rays will be a copper shade.
- Polycarbonate lenses are a good option for children’s sunglasses because they’re particularly hardy.
- Choose sunglasses that are designed specifically for physical activity, especially if your child is involved in sports.
- Purchasing clip-on lenses to go over your child’s prescription eyeglasses is a popular and affordable alternative.
- Consider a retainer (sunglass cord) to ensure your child is able to keep track of his or her sunglasses.
What’s your personal favorite designer for children’s sunwear? Share it in the comments below. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to schedule an exam to get your child fitted for summer sunwear.
Dr. Alex Williamson of Michigan Eye and Contact Lens can help you find the perfect sunglasses for your children to protect their eyes from UV and HEV rays. Contact us by phone or online to schedule a visit today!