According to opticians, kids spend much more time outdoors than adults and in direct sunlight, so UV protection for their eyes is extra important. In fact, many experts believe our eyes get 80% of their total lifetime exposure to the sun's UV rays by age 18, and excessive lifetime exposure has been linked to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye problems. Without sunglasses, children are at a greater risk than adults for damage to their eyes because their eye lenses are not yet fully developed.
UV radiation consists of invisible rays from the sun. The three bands of UV light are: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC rays are of little concern as they are absorbed by the upper atmosphere and do not reach the earth's surface. UVA and UVB rays are harmful to your eyes and to your skin. The same bright sunshine that bothers your eyes also bothers your children's eyes.
It's never too early for kids to begin wearing high quality sunglasses outdoors because protecting their eyes, just like their skin, is equally as important. Sunglasses aren't just for summer but a year round necessity.
These glasses all offer 100% UVA and UVB protection. The lenses are made of acrylic and are impact resistant. The temples on all of the baby sunglasses and some of the toddler styles are made from a flexible rubber material which makes them more comfortable on their heads.