Kids’ eyesight put at risk by too much sun
Being sun safe is critical for children – it’s a known fact that too much sun exposure in childhood can lead to skin cancer in later years. Now statistics show that up to 80% of lifetime UV exposure can occur before 18, damaging eyes as well as skin, according to figures from the Carneigie Science Centre. Too many people fail to take action to protect their children’s eyesight now, and so completely avoidable eye damage can occur in adult life, but by this stage it is too late. Sunglasses are now recommended as standard sun protection for children by leading Cancer research and prevention bodies around the world.
Children’s eyes are particularly vulnerable because the pupils are proportionally bigger and the cornea, lens and fluid inside the eye are all clearer. This means more sunlight can penetrate through the eye and resulting eye damage as an adult can include cancer of the eyelid, also pteryigium which causes white cell growth over the cornea, cataracts and age-related macula degeneration which leads to blindness if untreated. Children also love to play outdoors, exposing them to a greater risk of UV damage than adults. Yet children are not usually aware of the harmful effects of UV. No sunglasses or the wrong sunglasses can put children’s adult sight at serious risk
The Cancer Council of Australia, where the intensity of the sun is very high, is so concerned about increased levels of eye cancer caused by sun exposure in Australia, they are recommending that school children should wear sunglasses whenever exposed to sunlight by being outside.
The Australian Cancer Council uses only Polaroid polarized lenses for their recommended SunSmart sunglass range because they afford the highest international standards of UVA, UVB and UVC protection. Polaroid polarized lenses also block out irritating glare to ensure that children do not have to squint and strain their eyes helping them avoid eye fatigue and headaches. Along with great styles, it’s another factor that makes Polaroid sunglasses comfortable to wear all day long – keeping sensitive eyes safe.
Polaroid has developed a special Kids’ Sunglass Collection for a range of ages and is promoting awareness among parents on what they need to know when buying sunglasses for their kids:
Five Tips About Buying Kids’ Sunglasses
- toy sunglasses can be dangerous – they afford often no UV protection and no shatter protection if broken
- dark lenses don’t always offer full UV protection – they must be certified for International UV standards
- dark lenses without proper UV filters make pupils dilate – so without proper UV filters they let in more potentially harmful UV light to a child’s eyes
- look for a good fit – they’ll get worn for longer if they are comfortable
- get a fashionable frame your kids actually like – again they won’t wear them if they don’t look good
The Polaroid Kids sunglass range has been designed after extensive international research to find out what kids actually like and what parents want. This has resulted in a designer style range that offers total UV protection and kid-proof toughness, all at an affordable price. The high quality lenses are tough enough to withstand most child’s play and are extra shatter-resistant.
The frame designs come in bright colours with mini-me styles to match Mum and Dad and sporty wraparounds for looking cool … when out on your bike, your surfboard, your roller blades or just having fun with friends.
The whole collection is designed to provide 100% protection for children’s sensitive eyes, while also being fun and fashionable, so kids love to wear them. The range has designs that appeal to children aged from 1 to 12 years old – with fun, playful styles for toddlers and sophisticated mini-me designs for fashion-conscious kids who want to look really grown up!
“We’ve designed our Kids range to deliver total sun-safety and look good, so everyone is happy“, said Rebecca Harwood Lincoln, Sales Manager UK & Ireland for Polaroid Eyewear. “The Polaroid 2008 range for children has frames which will really appeal - they will want to wear them and our research has shown that around 80% of children have a say in choosing their own sunglass styles.”
“For parents, making sure the kids are sun-safe won’t cost a fortune – prices in our Kids range start from £15.99.”