As we know, children never stop moving and are often outside playing. Take care of their precious eyesight, particularly in June and July when the intensity of ultra-violet (UV) radiation - high-energy rays that are very bad for your health - is the strongest, even in cloudy weather. Whether taking a walk round town or along the beach, our children's eyes are very sensitive and it's essential to protect them properly. We are more than ever committed to working with opticians and healthcare professionals to offer the protection solutions best suited to your toddlers' eyes, including both sunlenses and frames. Here are a few recommendations to help you choose glasses for your child from 0 to 10 years old.
Did you know? Small, delicate eyes
Children's eyes, unlike those of their parents, are not naturally protected from the sun. Before the age of one, a child's crystalline lens is transparent. This means it allows 90% of UVA and 50% of UVA rays to pass through it and reach the retina. From the age of 25, however, UV rays are absorbed in part by the lens and the cornea. What's more, babies have not yet developed the full ability to blink, nor the natural reflex to squint to protect themselves from bright lights. In order to guarantee them very good protection, they need lenses that filter out 100% of UV radiation meeting EN1836 standards and indices suited to exposure to the sun. Damage sustained during childhood accumulates and can cause diseases in adulthood.
What protection index do your children's sunlenses need?
For your children, it's essential to select sunglasses protecting their eyes against 100% of UV radiation. We recommend you then opt for the highest protection indices, such as category 4 for infants, with light transmission of 3 to 8% or category 3, from 8 to 18%, for children.
What are the long-term risks of sun damage?
Overexposure to the sun can cause burns, premature ageing and other eye diseases such as keratitis – inflammation of the cornea – and early cataracts, which develop when the cornea and the lens deteriorate. With time, there's a greater risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
How do you choose the perfect set to protect your children's eyes?
Once you've chosen the lenses, we recommend you select a frame:
- large enough to block light coming in from all sides
- with good hold: your child must be able to bend down and move their head without their glasses falling off
- with temples that let you attach a strap to avoid any lost glasses as well as to guarantee they offer very good hold
- adapted to the shape of your child's face
A good pair of sunglasses for your child must be specially designed to fit the shape of their face, have sunlenses that protect them against 100% of UV radiation with a protection index of 3 or 4. Watch out for scaled-down adult models as well as toy glasses!