5 Reasons Why Kids Need To Wear Sunglasses

Child wearing sunglasses while running

Does your kid spend a lot of time running around and playing outdoors? If you’re like most parents, you probably lather them up with suntan lotion every couple of hours, right? Especially since there’s nothing worse than getting a bad sunburn. But what about their eyes? Does your child have sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun?

The truth is, most parents are so concerned about protecting their child’s skin that protecting their eyes gets overlooked.

Honestly, there is no excuse for this! Sunglasses are just as easy as suntan lotion to buy at the store or online!

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Little girl wearing sunglasses in the oceanHere are 5 reasons why kids need to wear sunglasses:

1) They protect their eyes when they need it the most

According to the Vision Council, kids receive three times more annual UV exposure than adults! Also, the sun is the greatest source of harmful blue light.

Therefore, unprotected eyes at an early age can lead to problems down the road. Pingueculas, pterygiums, macular degeneration, or the early onset of cataracts can all occur from increased UV exposure and harmful blue light exposure as a child.

2) They look absolutely adorable!

There’s no denying this one! Kids in sunglasses are suuuper cute!

You can dress them up as their favorite superhero or make them look like little movie stars. You can even mix and match frame colors with their outfits.

Also, sunglasses are incredible for pictures. Even grandparents can even get in on the fun!

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3) They keep their eyes comfortable

Eye strain and headaches can easily occur from squinting during a sunny day. Also, sunglasses are a great way to keep airborne dust, pollen or debris out of your child’s eyes.

4) They establish a lifelong habit of eye protection

This is a big one! We learn so many habits when we’re children.

Wash your hands before eating.

Brush your teeth after meals.

You even learned to scrub a dub dub in the tub before bed.

So why not get your child in the habit of wearing sunglasses to protect their eyes while outdoors?

Note: If your child wears prescription glasses, you should consider putting them in Transitions lenses for maximum protection indoors and out!

Little boy wearing sunglasses on the beach

5) UV light is everywhere!

It’s no surprise that UV light is bad for your skin and eyes. That’s why most people protect themselves from the sun on a sunny, summer day.

But did you know UV light comes through on cloudy days too? Or that it can reflect off snow during winter days?

No matter the weather, your child should be wearing sunglasses all the time!

Overall, protecting your child’s eyes from the sun with sunglasses is a no-brainer! If you want to learn more protecting your kid’s eyes, visit your local eye care professional today.

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for NewGradOptometry.com and is a co-founder of CovalentCareers.com. Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.