Does A Baby Need Sunglasses?
Did you ever stop to think, "should my baby wear sunglasses?"
The answer is yes. While adults know the benefits of sunglasses, many parents aren’t aware that a baby’s eyes are especially vulnerable to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
At Family Eye Center Optometry we care about you and your family’s eyes. We help patients of all ages find sunglasses that protect their eyes while making them look and feel great.
Why Should My Baby Wear Sunglasses?
Sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet light is linked to the development of macular degeneration, cataracts, benign growths on the sclera (the white of the eye), corneal sunburn, and even eyelid cancers.
But did you know that babies and children are even more vulnerable to UV light than adults? Because children's eye lenses are clearer than in adults', 70% more UV light penetrates the eye. Without protection, the damage done by UV rays accumulates over time, leading to an increased risk of permanent eye damage or disease in adulthood.
It's no wonder that an estimated 80% of UV eye damage in our lifetime occurs by the age of 18!
What to Look for When Purchasing Sunglasses for Your Baby
When buying sunglasses, keep these tips in mind:
UVA and UVB protection - Look for sunglasses that filter at least 95% of UVA and UVB rays. 100% blockage is even better.
Polarization - Polarization leads objects to appear sharper and reduces glare. Keep in mind that that polarization isn’t the same as UV protection.
Wraparound - Sunglasses that wrap around a child’s head prevent light from entering the eye from the sides.
Color - Lenses should be gray-tinted so they don’t interfere with your child’s ability to recognize colors.
Safety and Security - Because babies and toddlers can be rough with sunglasses, make sure you choose ones that don't break easily. For optimal safety, get polycarbonate lenses as they’re impact-resistant. You’ll also want the sunglasses to stay on your baby’s face, so make sure you select those that include a Velcro strap or a band that holds the two ends together.
Whenever you feel that you should be wearing sunglasses, your baby should be wearing them, too. Whether they're in a stroller or baby carrier, their eyes need to be protected from potential UV damage.
We at Family Eye Center Optometry care about your child’s eyes. Stop by Family Eye Center Optometry in Belmont for help and advice on choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses for your baby.
Q: When should my baby wear sunglasses?
- A: Sunglasses aren’t just for the summer. Protect your baby’s eyes with sunglasses year-round.
Q: How do I get my baby to keep their sunglasses on?
- A: The earlier your child is introduced to sunglasses, the more natural they’ll feel. Also, make sure the sunglasses fit well and don’t pinch. No one likes to wear a pair of sunglasses that aren’t comfortable, so why would your baby?
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