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Three things are essential for good quality kids’ sunglasses: sturdy lenses that offer UV protection, a flexible yet strong frame and final, a suitable lens category. More on that last one later…
Firstly, always make sure that the lenses of your child’s sunglasses (and yours for that matter!) provide full UV protection . The lens material should filter harmful UV rays (UVA and UVB) to prevent them from reaching the eye.
Next, consider sturdiness. You’ll know all too well that children move around a lot, fiddle with their glasses and like to run and jump, which isn’t the best environment for anything fragile. There’s no need to put an end to play though, just be sure to choose sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses . Polycarbonate is a highly impact-resistant material.
Full Uv Protection
Full UV protection lenses stop harmful rays.
Polycarbonate lenses are highly resistant to impact .
The best way to stop your children fiddling with their glasses is to pick a pair that are pleasant to wear and easily forgotten about, so you’ll need to make sure the frame is just right.
There are various types of frames available depending on your child's age.
Kids Aged From 2 To 6
A soft, flexible frame that will adjust to the face. It often comes with a strap to ensure the sunglasses sit properly on the nose.
Kids Over 7
They will need a semi-flexible frame that stays in place as they get bigger.
What’s a lens category we hear you cry? The lens category indicates whether a lens is more or less tinted and in order to protect your child from glare, you’ll need choose the appropriate lens category. Don’t worry though, we’ve done all the hard work for you.
For children, choose category 3 or 4 lenses . Generally, category 3 lenses will be fine in sunny conditions, but category 4 lenses are recommended for days spent at sea or in the mountains. Children commonly take off their sunglasses because they feel they are in the dark , so don’t be tempted to buy category 4 lenses just because you think they’ll provide extra protection – they really only do their job in the right conditions and will be too dark on your average sunny day in a UK park.
Whichever category you end up with, your child will always be fully protected from UV rays.
For sunny weather conditions, bright outside conditions. Offers full UV protection.
For very sunny weather conditions, such as days at sea or in the mountains. Offers full UV protection.
“Don't forget the sunglasses strap – it’ll ensure a proper, secure fit.”