How to choose the right sunglasses for my kids?

Sunglasses protect your kids' eyes from harmful UV rays all year around. When choosing the “best” pair for you children there is a huge selection of styles, prices and features.

These are key features to look for:

1) UV protection is a must have. Choose sunglasses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB. Sunglasses that say UV400 are engineered to block 100% of these harmful UV rays.

 2) Lens materials. This is a special consideration for children, especially if they are out playing in the sun. Many parents prefer polycarbonate lenses as they are strong and impact resistant. 

3) Wraparound. These are sunglasses with a larger temple that obstruct sun from the sides. 

4) Style. There are many choices and it depends on the personality of your children. There are many plastic and cute designs that vary in color, however many kids prefer styles that resemble adult styles.

Things that are not as important:

1) Season. The sun comes out all year long, so don’t wait for summer to get a pair of sunglasses. You might see the sun less often during the fall and winter, but it doesn’t means that your eyes doesn’t feel the effect of UV rays. Snow and beach sand reflect UV rays back into our eyes.

2) Lens colour. Many people think that the darker the lens color the better, but this is not true. Dark lenses provide no extra sun safety

3) Cost. There are cheap and expensive sunglasses that cover for 100% of UV rays. Go for the option that best fits your budget and style.

Types of Lenses

Lenses can have different types. The following are the most common for sunglasses:

Polarised

Polarized lenses provide a much clear view and help the eye to feel rested under bright light conditions. Polarized lenses have a special coating film to help reduce glare and improve vision in strong light conditions.

Mirror - Coated

Mirror coating is applied to lenses to make the look like small mirrors. Mirror coated lenses help to block the amount of visible light.

Gradient lenses

Gradient lenses are dark at the top and gradually get lighter at the bottom. Double gradient lenses also exists, these are dark at the top and bottom and lighter in the middle.

Anti - Reflective

Anti-reflective lenses give you a better vision by allowing more light to get thought and reduces multiple reflections that are annoying. These multiple reflections often appear as flare that make the image look wash-out. Anti-reflective coating is a special chemical film layer applied to sunglasses to help reduce reflection.

Photochromic

Photochromic lenses are also know as transition lenses. These lenses will darken when exposed to UV light and will return to their clear state when indoors. A main disadvantage is that it could take a couple minutes as lenses change from one state to the other one.




Aviator


Aviators got their name because of their original goal of protecting aviator eyes. Aviator sunglasses feature oversize teardrop-shaped lenses along with a thin metal frame. The style was introduced in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb for issue to U.S. military aviators. Being a fashion statement, aviator sunglasses are frequently produced in mirrored, colored, and wrap-around styles.

Ray-Ban began selling the glasses to the public a year after they were developed.