Sunglasses are great, yes, but the real reason why our children should wear sunglasses is to protect them from UV radiation.
Every time we walk the streets of a busy city center, we are surprised by the number of adults who wear sunglasses, but not their children.
Like most parents, you protect them every few hours with sunscreen, right? You don’t want them to burn with the sun and that’s understandable, but what about your son’s eyes?
7 reasons why children’s sunglasses are necessary
1) Sunglasses protect the eyes against solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR)
We have all heard about the negative effects of UV rays. There are three types of UV rays and only two reach Earth. UVC wavelengths are absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, but here we explain why UVA and UVB rays are so dangerous.
Harmful effects of UVA rays
UVA rays cause skin aging, wrinkles and contribute to skin tumors, such as melanoma, which is, by far, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Harmful effects of UVB rays
UVB rays cause sunburn, cataracts (when the eye lens is cloudy), but it also has a negative effect on the immune system.
2) Sunglasses protect from dust
Sunglasses help keep dust, pollen or debris out of your child’s eyes. Especially in dusty environments like the playground or the beach.
3) Sunglasses protect against UV rays
Sand and pavement reflect UV rays even under an umbrella. Reflective surfaces can reflect most harmful sun rays.
4) Sunglasses protect against eye fatigue
If your child does not wear sunglasses under the sun, they may begin to squint in response to excessive brightness. This causes tension around the eyes and forehead and leads to headaches.
5) Sunglasses protect your children’s eyes from an early age
Did you know that we get 80% of our UV exposure from children while we play outside?
That is cumulative throughout life, and that is why it is important to start protecting eyes early.
6) Wearing sunglasses becomes a good habit for your child
We learn a lot from an early age. As parents we constantly tell our children:
- Do not put your finger to your nose.
- Do not hold your breath.
- Wash your hands before eating.
- Brush your teeth after eating.
Share your toys with your friends, but of course, that’s what we would like them to do…
So why not teach your child the good habit of wearing sunglasses?
7) After all, it’s also about style
Ok, this has nothing to do with eye protection, but, just like their parents are fashionable, children want to keep up with the latest trends.
And they look so great with Oakley Sunglasses!