Protecting your children’s eyes from the sun is essential. However, babies and toddlers are often forgotten when it comes to wearing sunglasses while playing outside and vacationing. The youngest members of your family need protection from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, even more than you and your older children. Infants and young children are much more at risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage to the eyes, because their lenses are clearer. Their eyes do not block as many UV rays as mature eyes do. Since youngsters frequently spend most of the day outside during the warm weather, they need greater protection.
Studies show that children as young as eight can exhibit signs of serious eye damage due to the sun. Specifically, the rays damage the surface of the eye as well as the lens and retina. Over time, this can cause cataracts and retina damage that is not easily reversed.
Some baby sunglasses, for as young as six months, are made with a soft, comfortable and adjustable band and a durable polycarbonate frame. There are some that are even built right into the baby’s hat. The babies do not even know they are on!