Back to Basics: Choosing Sunglasses for Kids

Kids’ sunglasses are far more than just a fashion item — they protect your children’s eyes and skin from harmful UV rays that could otherwise lead to cumulative damage and cause serious conditions later in life, including skin cancer, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.


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Children under 10 are at particular risk for sun damage as their skin and eyes are more delicate, allowing more sunlight to penetrate. For this reason, it’s extra important to find a pair of good-quality sunglasses for kids. The following tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation can help you make the right decisions when choosing sunglasses for your children.

  • UV protection should be your most important concern when purchasing sunglasses. Shades must block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays to avoid damage. Ideally, you should choose a pair with large lenses in a wraparound style to protect as much skin as possible.
  • Plan for your kid’s active lifestyle by looking for sunglasses with impact-resistant, scratch-proof lenses. Then, choose sunglasses made of a shatterproof plastic material to avoid future eye injuries. If you are hoping to get a long life out of your sunglasses, choose a pair with bendable frames, especially if you have young kids.
  • Involve your kids in the decision-making process. They’re much more likely to wear shades if they like the design. Just make sure whatever you choose fits comfortably and lies close to your child’s face.
  • Check sunglasses before purchasing to ensure they’re in good condition with no scratches or imperfections that may make it difficult to see.
  • Combine sunglasses with a wide-brimmed hat to block UV rays from entering from above or around the sides.

All sunglasses from Real Kids feature 100 percent protection against UVA and UVB rays. They also feature polycarbonate shatterproof lenses to protect eyes in case of impact with fast-moving objects. We carry wraparound styles for protection against the sun from every angle, FlexFit™ bendable frames for younger wearers and many designs with polarized lenses to reduce glare and enhance vision. Check out our range of fashionable shades for kids aged 0 and above to find a style your child will love.