Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses
Sunglasses are vital for shielding children’s eyes from harmful UV rays and for diminishing glare that can cause distractions or discomfort while playing.
Here are some tips that can help you choose the sunglasses that are right for children:
- Start by finding a pair that is comfortable and fits well, does not pinch the nose or slip off the face.
- Consider face shape and what type of sunglasses will look best.
- Choose a pair that indicates UVA and UVB protection, usually indicated by a sticker or tag on the glasses.
- Purchase sunglasses from a reputable retailer. These include department stores, big box stores, even drug and convenience stores. Online auction sites, flea markets or street vendors are not recommended because you do not know about the origin of the sunglasses.
- If you are unsure of the level of protection the sunglasses offer, take them to your eye care provider’s office. They will be able to inspect the lenses to see what kind of protection, if any, the sunglasses provide.
- Finally, protect children’s sunglasses from damage, scratches, and loss by giving them a case and encouraging them to use it to store the glasses in the same place every day.
To learn more about how you can protect children’s eyes and vision from harmful UV rays, click here.
For children, there are essentially two choices when it comes to sunglasses – prescription or non-prescription, depending on their specific needs.
Prescription sunglasses feature lenses that correct your vision and match the prescription provided by the eye care provider. If children need prescription lenses in their sunglasses, consider photochromic lenses – which darken in the presence of natural light – as they will eliminate the need of having to switch back and forth between two pairs of glasses depending on location and sun exposure.
Non-prescription (plano) sunglasses are available at most retail outlets in a variety of styles, shapes, colors and price points to match every style and budget.