Darkness vs. Protection: Darker Lenses Don’t Block UV Rays Better

Exposure to ultraviolet rays can be harmful not just to our skin, but also to our eyes.

Luckily, wearing the right sunglasses can help you avoid problems, while also keeping you looking stylish. Choosing the best pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes does not have to break the bank, though. Sunglasses can be incredibly beneficial for your eyes without including a hefty price tag.

Protecting your eyes with a good pair of shades is even more important for children than it is for adults, according to the American Optometric Association. This is because children’s eyes are more transparent than adult eyes. In addition, because children usually spend more time outside than adults do, their eyes are exposed more to the sun. The highest risk times are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., which is when typical playground and recess breaks fall.UV Rays

One of the most important things to know when it comes to choosing the best pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays is that the darkest pair is not always the best pair. This is because the UV protection percentage of any lens in not related to the color of the lens. Instead, it is most important to look for sunglasses with lenses that block both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays. In addition, many children are not comfortable wearing very dark lenses, so opt for a pair that offers UV protection, not just a pair that is extra dark.

The Glaucoma Research Foundation advises that when shopping for that perfect pair of sunglasses, you shouldn’t be deceived by either color or cost. Instead, to determine if a pair if a pair of sunglasses is dark enough, look in the mirror when trying them on. Sunglasses in which you are able to see your eyes through the lenses are usually too light. Sunglasses should screen out between 75 and 90 percent of visible light to be the most effective, so use that test as a rough guideline when comparing glasses.

At Real Kids Shades, all of our sunglasses offer complete UVA and UVB protection, not to mention stylish looks and durable materials that will resist breaking – perfect for kids! Shop our full selection online now, or call us today at 800-283-1106 to learn more.