While we protect our eyes from harmful UV rays, so should our children as they will most likely be exposed to sunlight more then we will. Younger eyes have larger pupils and clearer lenses, allowing up to 70 percent more UV light to reach the retinas than an adult’s eyes, says the UK charity Eyecare Trust.
Having said that, some babies may resist keeping sunglasses on. Not to worry, choosing a pair with a silicon band that stays around the head will be the better option or if that doesn't work, make sure your baby has a wide brim hat to better shade their eyes. See our IZIPIZI Kids sunglasses that we carry, although they say its from 1 year old, we have customer's babies that start from 6-8 months. It really depends on your baby's head size.
UV damage can come in many different forms and can lead to:
- Photokeratitis — Also known as sunburn of the eye or “snow blindness.” Photokeratitis can cause loss of vision for up to 48 hours.
- Cataracts — This progressive clouding of the lens of the eye can cause slow vision loss.
- Pterygium— Commonly known as “surfer’s eye,” this condition causes a growth (not cancerous) on the eye’s surface that can itch, swell and be bothersome. Surgery may be necessary to remove it, but the growth can return.
- Age related macular degeneration— UV rays can damage the macula of the eye, which can blur vision and dull colors.
- Cancer — UV rays can cause cancer of the eye, eyelid or skin (Source: yoursightmatters.com)
Visit our shop now for our range of children's sunglasses suitable from 1-10 years old. I promise! They're too cute!