As a licensed Optician by trade, I truly know the importance of protecting our eyes from the UV rays even more so, our children’s. As adults we almost always wear sun protection, but how often do you think of your children? We just get bust heading out the door and to be honest, most kids don’t complain or act bothered. Some may even fight the idea of wearing sunglasses. Let me spend a minute and explain first off, why it is so important!
A child’s lens is the most vulnerable before the age of ten. This is when the lens in the eye is at its clearest and most perfect state. Most don’t realize that a child’s lens under the age of 10 allows 6 times more UV in than an average adult!
We almost always protect their skin with sunscreen because we know that over time, without protection it can lead to skin cancer. What about our eyes? The reality is, just like our skin takes time, so do our eyes. Over time, if our children’s eyes are left unprotected they will have a greater chance of developing cataracts, Macular degeneration and other serious conditions as an adult.
Just as our skin can become burned, our eyes can develop Photokeritits, which is basically a burn cornea. This condition is only temporary but just as a sunburn is painful, this likewise is but to our eyes. Have you ever gone a day skiing with out goggles or sunglasses? Or even spent a day on the beach with out sunglasses? Likely then you have had a slight case of Photokeritits. Think of that but magnified for your child’s eyes.
When we apply sunscreen to our body and hopefully your child’s face, have you ever thought of their eyelids? We usually avoid the area around the eyes for obvious reasons but have you ever considered that the skin there is also unprotected. By not using sun wear to protect the eyelids, you risk the chance of developing Basal Cell Carcinoma. It is not a pretty sight, nor something you want to deal with.
Another issue that is caused by not protecting your child’s eyes are Pterygiums. Although Pterygiums are growths that develop usually in the corner of the eyes, they are non-cancerous. They still do present a risk because they can grow. If they were to do so, they could cover the cornea and result in blocked vision leading to surgery.
Why risk any of these? For most parents, it isn’t about a matter of neglect if they do not require their children to wear sun protection it is more a matter of not realizing the importance!
As an Optician, I know all sun wear is NOT, let me repeat, is NOT created equal. That is why I turn to Baby Banz. I have recommended their company to my patients in the past and now that I have children of my own, I want nothing but the best to protect their precious eyes! Baby Banz now offers many styles to fit toddlers over their initial style (which I love) that was tailored to suit infants.
What makes Baby Banz so different?
First off, they are crafted from Ophthalmic quality polycarbonate lenses. For safety reasons, a child should never wear plastic lenses. I know first hand they can easy break. Treating a child that has an eye injury from not wearing the right type of eyewear is no fun! The Ophthalmic quality polycarbonate lenses are shatter resistant.
Next their polarized lenses remove glare from surfaces. If you spend any time on water, and have worn a polarized and a non-polarized lens, you know exactly what I am talking about! A polarized lens removes the glare off the water so you can see into it, same with glare off of cars or other shiny surfaces.
Most importantly, they offer 100% UVA & UVB protection. As I stated above, this is so important for our precious children. Even if a pair of sunglasses you pick up from the drug store says UV protection, unless it states 100% UVA & UVB you are not getting full protection. (Explaining the difference between the two UV rays will be another post all in its own).
When I was offered a pair of Baby Banz sunglasses to review, I jumped at the idea! Both of my children will be in need of new sun protection for this year (although Austin still has a pair of shades that fit okay at the moment). So we opted to try out the toddler version of the Baby Banz, the Kidz Banz. I will be getting Austin a pair of the J-Banz shortly.
The Kidz Banz are created very similar to Baby Banz in that they offer a polycarbonate frame with a neoprene elastic strap. To be honest, you may think your kids will not like the strap, but Addie loves it! There is nothing uncomfortable behind her ears and it is soft and secure. It has Velcro on the back side so it is adjustable as they grow. This style is for toddlers age 2-5. An upgrade that they have made over the Baby Banz is that they added a silicone nose piece and one that fits the brow for added comfort. This also helps with the fit I noticed.
I can fully and whole-heartedly recommend the quality of the Baby Banz brand! Would you like the opportunity to try a pair for your kiddo? Come back on Monday as Baby Banz is our sponsor for the Summer Splash Evert and has offered to give on Frugal Greenish Mama reader a pair! If you can’t wait to check them out for yourself, be sure to connect with them online, on Facebook and on Twitter! Be sure to like them of Facebook, as once they reach 6,000 fans they will offer a special sale and a freebie 🙂
Disclosure: I was provided with a pair of Kidz Bandz for my honest review. I was in no way obligated to offer a positive review. All opinions are 100% my own. This article is not meant to diagnose or treat any type of condition; it is meant for informational purposes only. If you have concerns, check with your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist for a thorough eye health evaluation.