Posted by: juliegriffey | March 21, 2010

Protecting Young Eyes – The Importance of Children’s Sunglasses

Sunglasses for Kids

Protect those little peepers

Spring has arrived! Longer days, warmer weather and more time in the sun!

Almost every parent is aware of the danger overexposing their children to the sun. However, most parents focus solely on protecting their children’s skin from getting burned. While using sunscreen is extremely important, it is equally important to protect children’s eyes.

According to Mark Borchert, a pediatric ophthalmologist, “if it is bright enough outdoors for you to be wearing sunglasses, your child should also be wearing them.” In fact, it is actually more important for your children to be wearing sunglasses than adults, because 70% more UV rays reach the retinal than in an adult. And damage to the retina at a young age increases the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration as adults.

The most important quality of children’s sunglasses is that they offer both 100% UVA and UVB protection. UVA (ultraviolet-A): long-wave solar rays and UVB (ultraviolet-B): short-wave solar rays are both damaging to the skin and eyes. Many sunglasses offer UVA protection but not UVB.

All of Amcon’s sunglasses offer 100% UVA and 100% UVB protection. And, we have sunglasses specially designed for both infants and toddlers. Our infant sunglasses, SeeWees, are soft, flexible, comfortable, and stay put with an elastic strap around the back.

See Wees - Infant Sunglasses

Amcon's SeeWees

Amcon carries an great variety of durable, fashionable sunglasses for toddlers.



  1. One of the biggest challenges can be keeping track of the child’s sunglasses. One idea is to place them in the child’s shoe. When it’s time to go outside, the sunglasses will be right where you’ll see them and ready to wear. Thank you Amcon for this informative article.

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