What's the importance of sunglasses for toddlers?
Sunglasses for toddlers play an important role in protecting their eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays. Too much exposure to UV rays can cause a number of problems later in life, including cataracts, macular degeneration and blindness.
That's why it's important to make sure your toddler wears sunglasses whenever they're outside, especially during the summer months. Look for sunglasses that feature 100% UVA (315-400nm) and UVB (280-315 nm) protection to ensure their eyes are fully shielded from the sun's harmful rays. UVC (100-280nm) is completely absorbed by the atmosphere and does not require additional protection.
What type of sunglasses work best for toddlers?
When it comes to sunglasses for toddlers, it's important to find a style that they will be comfortable wearing. Look for sunglasses that are lightweight and feature a snug fit, so they won't fall off easily. Many toddler frames come with a strap to keep the glasses from falling off. You also want to find sunglasses with a wide lens, which will provide better protection from the sun's rays.
When shopping for sunglasses for your toddler, keep in mind the quality of the lenses. The best lenses are made from polycarbonate materials, which block 100% of harmful UV rays and are shatter proof as well. Best practices dictate that children always wear polycarbonate lenses in glasses, as the lenses will not shatter if impacted. Clear polycarbonate lenses block all dangerous UV rays. They don't need to be dark to be effective. Dark tinted lenses are more for comfort and to avoid squinting in the bright sun.
What are the benefits of polarized sunglasses and are they necessary for toddlers?
Polarized sunglasses are not essential for toddlers. However, they do offer a number of benefits over traditional sunglasses. They reduce glare and haze, and increase contrast making it easier to see in bright sunlight. Polycarbonate-Polarized lenses block 100% of harmful UV rays, making them a great choice for toddlers as long as you're sure the lenses are polycarbonate.
Do you have any recommendations on specific sunglasses?
There are many choices on the market for sunglasses that don't require a prescription. Tuga toddler sunglasses are lightweight, small, reasonably priced and come with a strap to hold the glasses on a toddler's face.
If your child requires prescription lenses, there are frame lines such as Miraflex and Tomato frames that are specifically designed for toddlers. Tinted or polarized polycarbonate lenses are then placed in the frame for a prescription pair of toddler sunglasses. Another option if your toddler needs to wear prescription glasses full time is to have their prescription made with transition lenses. These are available at our office in many different styles and colors.