During the summer time the sun’s heat is intense and relentless. We often associate sunglasses with summer time but the truth is, we really need to think of sunglasses as an all year-long accessory necessity. Our eyes need the protection from the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun year round just as does our skin. If you live in an area that gets snow, you know exactly how intense the blinding from the reflection of the sun truly is. I would liken it to being on the ocean on a bright sunny day.
We need to protect our eyes not just on warm days but any time we are in the sun. Most of us own sunglasses, either prescription or non-prescription but how many of you think about your children’s eyes? Do you wear sunglasses on them when you think of wearing them yourself? Surveys have shown that 82% of parents make sure that their children are wearing sunscreen outdoors but only 32% make them wear sunglasses. If many parents are truthful, they shell out $200 or more for sunglasses for themselves and the kiddos get a $5 pair from the supermarket. Most parents have no idea that they could be doing more harm then good. If lenses are just dark and shaded, they can actually cause your pupils to dilate letting in more harmful rays. The most important fact to consider is that they offer 100% UVA & UVB protection!
Our children’s eyes are even more susceptible to the intense UV rays from the sun. Our children’s crystalline lens is at it clearest, most vulnerable stage from birth to age 10. That means that the eyes of our little ones welcome in even more light than our eyes. They are directly linking the onset of early cataracts along with various other eye diseases and illnesses to the UV rays our eyes are exposed to as children. Unlike our skin once it is burned, our lenses in our eyes do not have the ability to repair themselves. Why would you take that risk?
What is an easy solution?
Teach your children why it is important to wear sun protection! Let them have a hand in picking out the style and color so they like their sunglasses. Not all sunglasses are created equal, so be sure you choose a pair that offer UVA and UVB protection. You want to make sure that they are made from impact resistant polycarbonate material for safety reasons.
I had the opportunity to let my kids try out several styles of Real Kids Shades. My children are used to wearing sunglasses and hats as they have since infancy but Addie sometimes takes them on and off. I was excited that they had straps!
During our recent trip to Florida the children each tried out several different styles. Austin loved his shades! He had picked the red and black and was not only able to try out the Flex Duo in Black but also the Flex Royal. He loves the Xtreme Sport in Black/Red as they are a goggle style and he can wear them touching his face. They have an adjustable strap that keep them secure and he loved them (even while riding the new roller coaster, Barnstormer). These were perfect at Disney during his run through the water area in the new Fastasyland at the Magic Kingdom.
While at Sea World, Addie wore her My First Shades in pink. This size is meant for 2-5 year olds. The color and style are super cute. The pink is translucent and just the right shade for her skin tone (not that a three-year old worries about that). These are perfect for her as she is very petite, the strap has to be pulled tight to stay on her but they allow room for her to grow into them since she is so petite for her age. This style is made to fit two to five-year old. She was two at the beginning of our trip and came home three, so she will get a lot of use from them before growing out of them.
Both of my children loved them and seemed very comfortable in their new shades from Real Kids Shades! I love that the lenses are good quality and are equipped to provide 100% UV protection for my precious little one’s eyes.
Purchase Real Kids Shades
I would highly recommend checking out Real Kids Shades to purchase sun protection for your little ones eyes. They have a wide selection of styles and sizes to choose from, with sizes ranging from infancy to toddler and then young school age children as well. They are very reasonably priced from $14.99 to $19.99.
Real Kids Shades offer:
- 100% UVA & UVB protection
- Phthalate Free
- Many are equipped to hold prescription lenses.
- The lenses and frames are made from shatter resistant polycarbonate materials.
Having worked with Prevent Blindness America in the past myself, I truly admire companies that support this amazing business. Real Kids Shades have partnered with Prevent Blindness America to raise awareness about the need to protect our children’s eyes from the damage caused by the unprotected exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Win Real Kids Shades
I am so excited to tell you that Real Kids Shades will be a sponsor in the upcoming Noise Girls “For the Family” event! You won’t want to miss all the amazing items that will be offered. Make sure you come back on September 1st to enter for your chance to win some fabulous prizes! Be sure to follow Real Kids Shades on Facebook and Twitter to get a head start on the giveaway entries.
Disclosure: I was provided with Real Kids Shades for my children to use for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.