Choosing an item for a child can be a daunting task. Children are the ultimate critics! If a child doesn’t like something, you can bet you’ll hear about it! Sometimes, this makes buying an item for a child a challenge! Many parents are intimidated when it comes to selecting eyeglasses and sunglasses for their children. But it doesn’t have to be that hard! Read our tips on buying kids sunglasses to ensure your child’s next pair of sunglasses is a hit!
Kids Sunglasses Must Have Lenses With UV Protection!
Many of us think that when we buy a pair of sunglasses that UV (ultraviolet) protection is a given. But this isn’t always the case. This is especially true when it comes to kids sunglasses. Because being a child is often associated with “play” there are many costume kids “play” sunglasses available to purchase. Costume kids sunglasses aren’t always intended to be used as a real pair of sunglasses but are more intended to be used as a toy for play. It is really important to make sure that if your child is wearing sunglasses that they have UV protection. Most sunglasses will say on the lens what UV protection is provided. When buying kids sunglasses, choosing a pair of sunglasses that offers UV 400 protection is best!
Wearing Sunglasses Without UV Protection Is Worse Than Going Without Sunglasses!
Most Children Have Light Sensitive Eyes!
Another thing that many parents aren’t aware of is that most children have light sensitive eyes. There are a number of reasons for this!
Eye Colour – If your child has light coloured eyes, such as blue, green, or gray eyes he or she is more likely to be more sensitive to light.
Pupil Size – Children’s pupil sizes are normally much larger than that of an adult. Regardless of eye colour, larger pupils allow more light to enter the eyes which results in light sensitivities.
The Crystalline Lens – Behind our pupils lie the crystalline lens. This lens works like the lens of a camera, flexing to focus light on the back of our eyes, the retina. As we age, our crystalline lens yellows and loses opacity. The crystalline lens of a child is very clear, again this allows more light through to reach the back of the eyes, making children more light sensitive.
How To Make Sure a Kids Sunglass Fits!
So, now that you know what to look for when selecting sunglass lenses for kids, now it’s time to determine how the frame fits!
When choosing a sunglass frame for a child, I always recommend to err slightly on the larger side. Especially if the child is fairly young. This will ensure that you won’t be replacing sunglasses right away! When choosing a sunglass, even if it does fit a bit larger, you still want to make sure that it isn’t loose. A frame that fits the nose bridge well and has easily adjustable temples will help ensure that the sunglasses stay on your child’s face. Ensure the sunglasses feel comfortable and that your child is happy with the shape and colour. You are more likely to get your child to wear sunglasses if they actually like them!
Lastly, if you’re unsure ask for help! An optician is trained to identify if a frame fits and can help you narrow down the frame selection and make a daunting task not so intimidating!
If you’re in the Calgary area and are interested in a good pair of sunglasses for your child, one of our opticians would love to help you out. We have a large selection of quality brand name children’s sunglasses and offer warranties that cover loss and breakage!
Article was written by Trina Vanaalst, Licensed Optician and Contact Lens Practitioner