Many children tend to go outside without wearing sunglasses, however, they‘re the most vulnerable to sun damage. Not only are their eyes not fully developed, but they’re also exposed to more sun than the average adult. Since their eyes can’t properly handle the sun’s UV rays, not wearing kids’ sunglasses can damage their retinas. Many studies have shown that a large percentage of the sun damage people accrue in their lifetime happens before the age of 18.
Kids’ sunglasses aren’t just a fun accessory, they’re a necessity for protection. At Pearle Vision, we offer a range of sunglasses for children in a variety of shapes, styles and designer brands to fit your child’s style and prescription. Before going out in the sun, stop by your neighborhood Pearle Vision EyeCare Center to ensure your child’s eyes are protected from harmful UV rays.
Choosing a Lens Tint
Different tints can help enhance how they see and how much UV protection they are getting. Additionally, some tints are better for certain weather conditions than others.
- Brown, Copper or Amber: Perfect for sunny days, brown or amber tints are best for blocking UV rays and blue light emitted from digital screens. If you plan to take a family outing where there will be blue skies and green landscapes, these tints can help protect your children’s eyes. Put brown lenses on your child whenever you go sailing, fishing or golfing.
- Yellow or Orange: Ideal for low-light conditions, yellow lenses help reduce eye strain on hazy days or when using a digital screen. Your child will benefit from better visual clarity when they go skiing, mountain biking or play sports on a hazy day with yellow or orange lenses.
- Red or Pink: More than just a fun color, red or pink lenses improve visibility against blue or green backgrounds. These tints help reduce eye strain and are great in most weather conditions. Your kids can wear these lenses whenever playing in the snow, water or on a field on sunny days.
- Green: For the best contrast, put green lenses in your kid’s sunglasses. Green lenses can help reduce glare and can comfort eyes in foggy, cloudy or sunny conditions. A green tint is ideal when your child is playing sports on a grass field or in the snow.
- Blue or Purple: Offering UV protection, blue lenses can also improve color perception and reduce glare. Have your child wear blue lenses in misty, foggy or snowy conditions for the best eye protection.
- Gray: Perfect for both sunny and cloudy days, gray lenses help reduce eye fatigue and glare. They are a great choice for outdoor activities such as fishing, football, soccer and water sports.
- Photochromic Tint: Also referred to as self-tinting lenses, they are clear indoors and automatically darken when exposed to UV light. This tint is perfect for kids with a prescription because it eliminates the need for multiple pairs of eyeglasses. Your children can conveniently use photochromic lenses indoors and outdoors.
Types of Lenses
In addition to the tint, there are many types of lenses to choose from. When purchasing sunglasses for your child, you’ll want to get a pair that can last a long time. Here are a few features every parent should consider when selecting a pair of kids’ sunglasses, with or without a prescription:
- Anti-Scratch: This coating can help make your kid’s sunglasses more durable by preventing minor scratches that can easily occur when your child takes their sunglasses off or stores them without protection.
- Anti-Reflective: This feature can help give your child sharper and clearer vision while reducing eye strain. Some anti-reflective coating may include protection from blue light emitted by digital screens.
- Polarized Lenses: For increased clarity and comfort, select a pair of polarized lenses for your kid’s sunglasses. This filter on lenses reduces glare and can give your child sharper, clearer vision.
- Polycarbonate Lenses: Lenses made from this material are shatter-resistant. Made to crack instead of shatter, polycarbonate lenses are durable and can help protect your child’s eyes.
Eyeglass Frame Shapes
When it comes to choosing kids’ prescription sunglasses, the options may seem endless. For the best fit and look, we recommend you shop for frames according to your kid’s face shape. Frames come in cat eye, round, aviator and many more varieties. We’ve created a frame shape guide to show you which.
In need of kids’ sunglasses? Schedule an appointment at your neighborhood Pearle Vision EyeCare Center for help picking out the perfect pair.