We all care about the health of our babies. And yet, many of us don’t take the proper precautions in protecting their eye health. While baby sunglasses seem like just a fashion trend, they serve a vital purpose to preventing damage to our children’s eyes. Here’s how:
A baby’s eyes are more sensitive to UV light
Science has shown that overexposure to UV rays can cause a whole host of health problems later on in life, ranging from cataracts to cancer. Babies and toddlers are even more susceptible. Since a young baby’s eyes are still developing, it is easier for solar radiation to pass through the lens. Plus, up to 80 percent of UV damage occurs before the age of 18. Sunglasses, however, can reduce the amount of UV light that reaches the eye, preventing UV damage from occurring in the first place.
What kind of sunglasses should you get?
Finding the right sunglasses for your baby is key to protecting their eye health. You’ll want to look for sunglasses that offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. They should also fit well and be comfortable to wear, else they’ll keep slipping off your child’s face.
But what if your baby keeps pulling their sunglasses off?
We understand the importance of wearing sunglasses, but our babies won’t. They may find wearing sunglasses to be a nuisance and keep pulling them off. But be patient. Your child will get used to wearing them. To help matters, find sunglasses that are comfortable to wear and have a stretchy band that wraps around the back of their head. Comfortable sunglasses will prevent babies from wanting to take them off, while the band will make it harder to do so.
At Real Shades, our baby sunglasses offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. We also offer polarized versions for further protection. Click here to look through our inventory today!