How to Choose Quality Sunglasses for your Child

This may be the season for purchasing toys, but don’t be mislead that you can just pick up a pair of sunglasses in the toy department and they will protect your child’s delicate eyes. In fact, wearing sunglasses that do not meet specific safety standards can actually harm your child’s eyes. Here is some straight forward advice from Star Pupils on choosing sunglasses for your child:

Choosing Sunglasses for your child

Sunglasses help your child in two important ways. They filter light and they protect his or her eyes from damaging UV rays.

Sunglasses makers do not always attach a tag or label stating the amount of UV radiation that sunglasses block. Only buy sunglasses for your child that provide a clear statement about how much UV radiation is blocked.

Read the labels! Always read labels carefully and look for labels that clearly state the sunglasses block 99 to 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays.

Here are some helpful suggestions for choosing sunglasses for children:

  • Check to make sure the sunglasses fit well and are not damaged,
  • Choose sunglasses that fit your child’s lifestyle – the lenses should be impact resistant and should not pop out of the frames,
  • Choose lenses that are large enough to shield the eyes from most angles.
  • Find a wide-brimmed hat for your child to wear along with the sunglasses. This will give your child extra protection against the sun.


We provide sunglasses for children from 0 to 12 years old. All of these sunglasses meet the criteria outlined by Star Pupils. Real Kids Shades are available at retailers throughout the United States (and beyond). Click here to access our store locator to find a store near you that carries our quality sunglasses.