Do Children Need Sunglasses?

If you are anything like me, you wear sunglasses whenever you are outside, and will stop everything to find them if they are misplaced.

But, while you’re on the beach or at the pool, wearing your shades, are your children in sunglasses? Logic tells us that if we need sunglasses, so do they! But I don’t see a lot of children wearing sunglasses and I do see a great deal of adults who are.

Parenthood.Com says we need to put sunglasses on our kids!

I’ll admit, I feel like a bad mother . . . I’ve admired ‘cute’ sunglasses on equally cute kids my entire life, and even though the sun literally hurt my eyes, I never thought about sunglasses for my children.

My guilt comes from an article I read at

“Too much exposure to UV rays, especially sunlight reflected off sand or water, can lead to chronic eye disease. [How did I miss this?}

Protect your precious peepers with these sun-blocking tips. Research shows that excessive exposure to UV rays, especially from light reflected off sand, snow or pavement, can cause a painful type of corneal sunburn. The cumulative damage of repeated UV exposure also may contribute to chronic eye disease Fortunately, most children don’t spend all day in the bright sun and they naturally protect their eyes from high light levels by squinting. However, eye protection is particularly important for children who spend all day on the water or at the beach, where there is intense glare.”

  • Buy sunglasses that block the maximum amount (99 to 100 percent) of both types of UV-A and UV-B rays, fit closely to the face and have larger lenses for more coverage.
  • In addition to sunglasses, wear a hat to reduce overall exposure to UV rays.
  • Don’t look directly at the sun.
  • Limit the amount of time spent outside during the peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Prevent Blindness America offers these tips to protect children from UV rays:

  • Insist on 100 per cent protection.
  • Make sure the sunglasses fit properly. It’s not a winter coat they’ll grow into.
  • Be patient – children need to get used to wearing sunglasses.
  • Make sure your child likes the sunglasses and that they are comfortable, or they won’t wear them.
  • Consider impact-resistant lenses, which protect your child’s eyes from injury.
  • Make sure the frame has features, like spring hinges, that will stand up to the most active child.
  • When children are very young, look for sunglasses with straps or ear pieces that wrap around the ear.
  • Kids with prescription eyewear should have prescription sunglasses or sunclips for their regular glasses.
  • Older kids who wear contact lenses should have non-prescription sunwear for when they’re outdoors.

It is definitely time for me to check the children’s sunglasses here at cerjoUSA. My children buy their own sunglasses now, but have two grandchildren who can look cute AND protect their eyes in their own ‘cerjos’!