I have written about this subject previously but it’s so important that I wanted to hammer the point home some more. Simply put, most people don’t even think about making their kids wear sunglasses, but this is a mistake.
Most people do not realize that a child’s eyes will reach adult size by the time they are 3 years old! And research has revealed that a disproportionate amount of damage from the harmful UV rays of the sun can occur in kids aged 3-18. The damage caused at a young age is not readily apparent, but as people age it can manifest itself in the form of macular degeneration, cataracts, and even eye cancer.
Therefore, getting your kids in the habit of wearing shades will help preserve their vision and minimize the odds of UV-related eye problems later in life. You can get your kids interested in wearing sunglasses by finding a pair with their favorite TV or cartoon characters. For example, if your son loves Spongebob Squarepants, then get him some sunglasses that feature characters from the show. This will motivate him to wear them.
However, beware of character-based sunglasses that you might find at the dollar store. Generally, cheapo shades such as these tend to offer little to no eye protection for the wearer. So make sure the sunglasses you buy for your kids offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, have relatively large or wraparound lenses, and are impact resistant.
Although we only sell adult-sized Matrix Sunglasses here at MatrixEyewear.com, I strongly believe that this post contains valuable information for parents, and that is why I felt compelled to blog about it. Just remember to get your child a pair of sunglasses that he likes so he will be motivated to wear them, and only opt for shades with high quality, ultra-protective lenses. When your kids are old and gray, they will thank you for protecting their eyes early in life!