Posted by: juliegriffey | August 3, 2014

Kids sunglasses – not just for looking cute

kids-sunglassesFor some reason we seem to think that it’s absolutely adorable seeing babies and toddlers in adult styled clothing and accessories which is why kids’ clothing lines like J Crew and Burberry that often mimic adult styles are so popular.  Apparently we like to dress our kids like little mini-mes.  For many, it may be the urge to dress a young child like a grown-up that is the motivating factor in buying their little one a pair of shades. But according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, it shouldn’t be.

“Children and adolescents are especially vulnerable to the sun’s rays because their ocular lenses aren’t yet mature and can’t filter UV light as effectively as adults, causing damage to the retina. The average child takes in about three times the annual UV exposure of the average adult, and an estimated 25% of a person’s lifetime exposure occurs before age 18.”

Excessive UV exposure can lead to cancer of the eyes or eyelids, increased risk of cataracts, and macular degeneration.

Understanding these facts – it becomes especially clear that sunglasses are actually a more essential accessory for kids than they are for adults  – especially if your little one has light colored eyes which are even more susceptible to damaging UV rays.   But how do you get the sunglasses on the kid and to stay on the kid?  The author recommends kids sunglasses in “softer, more flexible material easy for them to tolerate.”  Helloooo?? Have you seen the Amcon children’s sunglass line?  That is exactly what we carry.

While I knew it was important to protect my kids eyes from the sun – I had no idea it was more essential than protecting my own.  But now I am a believer, and I’m packing my kids’ shades wherever we go.  After all, if we are going go be super diligent about sunscreen, shouldn’t we be as committed to protecting our kids’ eyes?  And what’s so wrong with dressing them like little mini-mes anyway?

http://online.wsj.com/articles/eye-protection-from-the-sun-especially-important-for-kids-1404750610

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  1. Reblogged this on Amcon GAZEtte and commented:

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