Decisions, Decisions: A Guide to Choosing Sunglasses for Kids

Sunglasses When you pick out your new pair of summer frames, don’t forget to shop for your kids, too! Children’s eyes are the most sensitive to harmful sun damage, which can cause real problems later in life, from macular degeneration to cataracts and surface eye diseases like burns or dry eye. Not only is it important for your child’s sunglasses to protect them from 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, but you’ll also want to find specs that your kids will want to wear consistently, too. Luckily, Today’s Parent offers a few simple tricks you can use to make sure your kids are always wearing their sunglasses.

Lead by Example

You’ve heard the saying “Monkey see, monkey do” – well, it’s not a myth! If your kids see you regularly wearing your sunglasses outdoors and you consistently encourage them to wear theirs, they’ll want to be cool like mom and dad and wear their shades. Make it a rule in your house that whenever a family member goes outside, they wear their glasses. After a while, your child will get used to it and forget that they ever didn’t want to wear their glasses!

Stylish Looks

Make sure you choose a style that your kid would like. Let them take a look at the different styles and options available so that they can have some input on the color and pattern of their frames. If your child thinks the sunglasses are cool and fashionable, they’ll be more inclined to want to put them on.

Comfort and Convenience

For very young kids, try a pair of shades that have an elastic band to keep them in place. If the frames you like don’t have a band, you can purchase one separately, or pick a good-looking option like our Real Kids shades for babies or our Real Kids shades for toddlers, which both come with removable and adjustable bands. That way you can let your children play while wearing their sunglasses without worrying about them dropping or losing them.

It’s so important that your child wears sunglasses when he or she is outdoors – even if it’s a cloudy day, as those harmful rays can still penetrate through the clouds! Check out the Real Kids line of shades for babies (0­–2), toddlers (2+) and kids (4+) and make sure those sensitive eyeballs are protected today. To learn more or to place your order, give us a call at 800-283-1106.