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Older people are usually more interested in fashionable sunglasses and are more likely to wear them than kids. Children spend a lot more time outside than adults. Wearing sunglasses that block all the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation are needed for their protection.

Kids spend many more hours outdoors than adults, experts say that as much as 50 percent of a person’s lifetime UV radiation exposure could happen from age 18.

Ultraviolet radiation is not the only threat from the sun. Scientists indicate that prolonged exposure to high energy visible (HEV) rays (also known as “blue lighting”), can damage the eyes over time. Research suggests that high lifetime exposure to HEV can result in macular degeneration.

Kids’ eyes are somewhat more vulnerable HEV and also to UV radiation as the lens in a youngster’s eye is clearer than an adult’s, letting in more harmful radiation. It’s thus advisable for children to wear sunglasses outdoors at an early age.

Your child’s vulnerability to ultraviolet radiation is greater at higher altitudes, tropical locations and in reflective surroundings like snow or sand. Sunwear is particularly critical for children in these types of situations.

Selecting lens colors

The degree of UV ray protection sunglasses offer is not related to the lens color. Choose glasses that absorb all UV rays or ask your optician for help. Choose one that suits your taste.

Copper or amber color sunglass lenses block a higher percentage of HEV light than other color lenses.

Another option is photochromic lenses, these darken in sunlight and are clear otherwise. Kids that wear prescription lenses will not need sunglasses in this instance. These lenses are offered in various colors and lens materials. They completely block UV rays and protect against HEV light.

Sunglass designs for kids

Colorful frames are available and these are generally appealing to kids. But there is a market for kid frames that resemble adult frames. As some kids want to emulate their older siblings or parents.

Round, cat-eye and rectangular lenses are popular and they come in trendy colors such as black, blue, green and tortoise. Plastic and metallic frames are quite common, especially the miniature versions of adult frames. Additionally, sporty wrap-around styles can be found in kids sizes.

Where to buy kids sunglasses

Specialty optical stores such as LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sunglass Hut or your local optical shop should be your starting point when looking for kid’s sunglasses.

Many opticians have dedicated sections for kids eyewear or have a special place for them to play while trying on frames. Wherever you shop, look for a wide selection of frames and experienced professional that will assist in finding the right frame for your child.

Remember the accessories

Opticians will often include or suggest cleaning cloths and hard-shell cases for glasses storage.

Sunglass strings (usually called “retainers”) are a wise choice. These are  attached to the shades to ensure if taken off (or knocked from the face), the shades will hang from the neck, and not get lost.

As required by law,  sunglass lenses are resistant to impacts. But, they’re not shatterproof. Polycarbonate lenses are preferred by many parents as they are strong and durable.

Top kids sunglasses trends

-Styles that look like adult sunglasses- classy, trendy and fashionable.

-Contemporary plastic styles in fashionable colors.

-Sports eyewear in miniature versions of adult styles.

-Clip-on sunshades for kids prescription glasses. Clip-ons are inexpensive and readily available. Rather than metal clips (that may scratch eyeglass lenses), magnetically attached clips are now available.

-Like adolescents and adults, kids are brand conscious. Glasses makers have collaborated with popular cartoons, Disney and celebrities to make eyewear to attract kids.

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