YES!... we all know how adorable your child is in sunglasses. Now pay attention!
Have you ever had your toddler try to take your glasses of your face and put them on? Wasn't it just the most adorable thing ever? I bet you took a million pictures to post on facebook and ran straight onto google.com to find a pair made to fit your toddler and found the PERFECT pair...
Now you have the beautiful sunglass in the perfect size for your child and I am sure the fact that they cost you an arm or a leg did not matter when you were shopping the web because what's important is that everyone on facebook will get the chance to see how adorable your Little TroubleMaker looks in those sunglasses.
Now, what? you have your pictures up and got a few likes and a few days pass and you never see the glasses again. Were they worth it? Did you ever stop to think how important or how much your child needed them? Most parents don't know (so don't go and beat yourself up over it), let us here at LiLTroubleMakers.com give you a little bit of the knowledge of why you should have paid a little bit more attention in taking care of the sunglasses your Little TroubleMakere probably lost by now or are sitting at the bottom of a pile of toys.
The sun gives off ultra ultraviolet rays exposure to ultraviolet rays may raise your Child's risk for cataracts and other eye problems later in life. Never force if your child resists. A visor or a hat that keeps the sun out of his eyes might be a more workable choice than shades for babies, toddlers, and even some older kids.
If your child is open to wearing sunglasses, Get them involved when you pick them out so they'll be more likely to wear them. Listen up mom's and dads! Here is a tip that might help your getting your child to wear them and will benefit you also.... Make sure you wear sunglasses too because your child is probably eager to copy you. So make sure to get them excited about pick out a pair. Check the selection at Little troubleMakers, they have everything your child's eyes need to protect them from the harmful rays of the sun.
Not just any sunglasses will do, though. Buy a pair with a label saying it blocks 99% to 100% percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Or another way to know if the sunglasses will protect you Little TroubleMakers eyes is to look for a label that say they meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute) requirements or block UV absorption up to 400 nm (nanometers) mean you're getting this protection, too. You can trust the labeling in reliable stores, but not necessarily with a vendor on the street. So keep that in mind.
How light or dark the lenses should be is a matter of personal preference, as the UV protection comes from a chemical applied to the lenses, not their color. If you're not sure what to pick, I recommend medium tint. Lighter lenses don't offer much comfort in bright sun, and very dark ones will prompt your child’s pupils to expand to let in more light — along with more UV radiation if the lenses don't block 100 percent. Many people like polarized lenses, which reduce glare. Also, remember to replace sunglasses once the lenses become scratched, and to choose polycarbonate lenses for impact resistance.
While 73% of adults do wear sunglasses, only 58% of them make their children wear shades, too, the report found. More than half of us lose or break our sunglasses every year. More than a quarter of us never bother to wear them, despite benefits to eye health. "A substantial proportion of people still do not understand that UV exposure is harmful to the eyes as well as the skin," says Paul Michelson, MD, an ophthalmologist in La Jolla, Calif., and chairman of the Better Vision Institute, the medical advisory arm to The Vision Council. "Even those who do understand, few understand it is the cumulative exposure that can be damaging," says Michelson, the former section chief of ophthalmology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. "The good news is, some people wear sunglasses some of the time," Michelson says. "The bad news is, not enough people wear them enough of the time."
UV Eye Exposure & UV Health Problems and how damaging it can be for your child
UV exposure can cause short-term and long-term effects on eye health. People with blue eyes are more at risk for UV damage than those with brown eyes, experts say. After a long day at the beach, eyes may seem bloodshot, swollen, and light-sensitive. Sunburn of the eye, or photokeratitis, is one effect. It's also known as ''snow blindness," because it is a common case among skiers and snowboarders. In severe cases, it can cause loss of vision for up to 48 hours, according to the report. Long-term, excess UV exposure can cause a variety of eye problems, including:
- "Surfers Eye"also known as pterygium: This abnormal but usually benign growth on the eye's surface can itch, swell, and become irritated. Surgery can be done to remove it, but it can come back.
- Cataracts: The progressive clouding of the lens of the eye
- Age-related Macular Degeneration: The macula is at the back of the eye, in the middle of the retina. Damage to the nerve cell in the macula can dull colors and blur fine detail in your vision.
- Cancer of the eye, eyelid, or nearby skin. Macular Degeneration
Tips and what to look out for when Shopping for the perfect pair of Sunglasses for your Little TroubleMaker
choose a pair that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Both types can damage vision.
- Look for a label that also state the sunglasses meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
- Be sure the glasses are comfortable and make sure you get sunglasses that you feel you look good in, so you will actually wear them
- Consider buying 1 or 2 pairs also keep a pair in the car for your child, some in a backpack or diaper that is with your child throughout the day or places you notice your child's eyes are exposed to sunlight more often.