Did you know that only 5% of American parents make their kids wear sunglasses consistently? This is a major problem because on average, kids receive three times the annual sun exposure compared to adults. 25-50% of sun damage happens before the age of 18. Learn how to protect your children’s eyes today.

Why Are Kids More Exposed Than Adults?

Your kids are smaller versions of you. Just add water, food, and rest, and eventually they turn into full sized adults. That’s just it—they’re still growing and developing, and it’s no different for their eyes.

The ocular lens is the clear part of the eye located behind the iris. Its job is to filter light rays that pass through and focus the light on the retina. Children's lenses are not filtering about 75% of the light rays passing through because the lens is not fully developed until adulthood. This unfiltered light is more likely to reach the retina and cause damage.

Eye Anatomy

Diagram of the Eye

In addition, children can go for longer periods of time without blinking than an adult, exposing them to more UV light than normal.

What Can I Do to Protect My Kid's Eyes?

UV rays can reflect off of several surfaces, such as water, grass, snow, etc. This light can be contributing to retina damage even when your kids are in the shade.

his reflected light can be contributing to your kid's sun damage just as much as direct UV light even if they are in the shade. The best and most effective way to protect your children from UV damage is to purchase sunglasses with 99-100% UVA/UVB protection and make sure they wear them whenever they are outdoors.

Tips to Get Your Kids to Wear Their Sunglasses

Making your kids wear sunglasses outdoors can be a daunting task. Here are some tips to make it a little easier.

  1. Let your child choose a pair of sunglasses they like and want to wear.
  2. Ensure the sunglasses are comfortable and properly fitted so they will not fall off when your child is playing.
  3. Make sure the sunglasses you are purchasing have UV protection.

Kids Sunglasses at SportRx

If you are looking to purchase sunglasses for your child, SportRx is here to help! SportRx has a great selection of kid’s sunglasses that can be customized to fit any needs your kids may have, including their prescriptions. Yes, you can totally outfit your kids with prescription sunglasses. Contact Us to speak to one of our friendly in-house opticians. They’ll help answer any questions you have and help you complete your order.

Shopping for kids ain’t easy. They insist if you buy them this or that they’ll wear it and love you forever, but when it arrives in the mail they act as if you’re the crazy one. That’s why you’re backed by the See Better Guarantee. If you’re kids aren’t absolutely stoked about their new sunglasses when it arrives in the mail, take 45 days to send them back. Get a full refund or credit towards an exchange towards a pair they actually want. Or forget about it and treat yourself to a new pair of shades. The choice is yours, and shipping is covered both ways.