In previous posts I’ve discussed sunglasses for your dog, sunglasses for space, and heck, even duct tape sunglasses! Now it’s time to focus on another niche segment in the sunglass world – baby sunglasses.
If you are planning to take your baby or toddler on an outdoor activity, you ought to seriously consider protecting the little one’s eyes with sunglasses. The surprising reality is that adults commonly think about wearing sunglasses for their own eye protection, but their kids are often not included in this thought process. This is a mistake because babies and toddlers usually require more eye protection than adults. The reason is that the eyes of young children tend to be ultra sensitive, and excessive exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun early in life could lead to major eye problems down the road.
Of course, whether you are an adult or a child, the key feature you need in any pair of sunglasses is excellent UV protection, particularly UVB and UVA protection (just like what we offer in all of our Matrix Sunglasses). This may be even more crucial for the little ones because low quality sunglasses without adequate UV protection can result in pupil dilation which of course will allow even more UV rays to penetrate the eyes.
You should also consider baby sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses, as these are the most impact resistant type of lenses available. Another optional consideration is to get sunglasses with polarized lenses, which help reduce the amount of glare that enters the eyes from horizontal surfaces like the road or ocean.
Finally, you may find that your young child simply does not like wearing sunglasses. This is relatively common because toddlers with good vision are often not accustomed to wearing anything over their eyes. If you find yourself in this situation, let your child pick out the pair that he/she likes. This might make him or her more willing to wear them. If all else fails and you cannot get your child to wear the sunglasses no matter what you do, do not force the issue; have your kid wear a hat or visor instead.