Take a close look at this picture that was used to illustrate the importance of protecting infants from sun exposure. Do you see something odd? We do! The mother has protected her eyes with sunglasses but didn’t protect her babies’ eyes. Of course, wearing a sun hat is the first step in protecting skin and eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays, but why would you wear sunglasses yourself and not put them on your child?
Just like infant skin, infant eyes are particularly sensitive to the sun. According to The American Academy of Ophthalmology “exposure to bright sunlight increases the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye, including malignancies.”
If you start your infant off wearing protective eyewear whenever you’re outside, you will be establishing a healthy habit that will protect their eyes for life. Choosing comfortable sunglasses like My First Shades is essential. Super soft neoprene straps and a comfortable wrap style help your baby keep these glasses on. And let’s face it: If your baby doesn’t keep the glasses on, they won’t do much good.