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Does my child need sunglasses?

Yes! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, infants six months and older should begin wearing sunglasses when in direct sun. Before that, babies should not be exposed to direct sunlight.

The goal of wearing sunglasses is to decrease the amount of UVR, ultraviolet rays, reaching the eyes. Ultraviolet rays are responsible for the great majority of skin cancers as well as eye problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. The risk of skin cancer and sun-related eye problems rises over time as exposure increases, so it is important to start protection as early as possible.

Wearing sunglasses protects not only the eyes but the delicate skin around the eyes. Look for sunglasses that indicate 100 percent UVA/UVB protection on the frame. If it does not say it, don’t buy it! If your child wears prescription glasses indoors, they should have that prescription recreated into a pair of sunglasses. Getting your child to wear sunglasses takes practice so if they resist, keep trying knowing that you are reducing their risk of cancer and blindness.

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  1. Very good advice to protect our Little Ones’ eyes!

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  2. I used to try to put them on my girls as babies but of course they always took them off. Now they are at the age where I think I can try to convince them to where them for a little while. They love accessorizing with them at home but don’t seem to want to wear them when we go out. Maybe I am just buying the wrong kind.

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    1. I just recently bought some new sunglasses for the girls with thicker plastic bands and my girls love them. They have worn them everyday since I bought them so hopefully they will continue to!

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