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The Importance of Sunglasses for Children http://www.MatrixEyewear.com
Introduction <ul><li>Sunglasses are considered by many to be a fun accessory; many adults even wear them as fashion statem...
The Importance of Children’s Sunglasses <ul><li>According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, unprotected sun exposu...
General Tips <ul><li>Your approach to choosing sunglasses for your child will vary depending on the child’s age.  </li></u...
Tips for Babies <ul><li>For babies, there are a wide variety of banded sunglasses available.  </li></ul><ul><li>The design...
Tips for Older Kids <ul><li>For older children, it is best to let them choose their own sunglasses, as long as the ones th...
Choosing the Right Sunglasses <ul><li>When choosing sunglasses for children, there are a few things to keep in mind.  </li...
Conclusion <ul><li>Part of your job as a parent is to keep your child safe and help them learn to make good choices.  </li...
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Sunglasses are considered by many to be a fun accessory; many adults even wear them as fashion statements. While sunglasses can be fun, they serve a very important role as well. Sunglasses protect your eyes! It is important to start children off right by insisting they wear sunglasses to protect their young eyes.

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  1. 1. The Importance of Sunglasses for Children http://www.MatrixEyewear.com
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Sunglasses are considered by many to be a fun accessory; many adults even wear them as fashion statements. </li></ul><ul><li>While sunglasses can be fun, they serve a very important role as well. Sunglasses protect your eyes! </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to start children off right by insisting they wear sunglasses to protect their young eyes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Importance of Children’s Sunglasses <ul><li>According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, unprotected sun exposure can contribute to the development of cataracts and cancer. </li></ul><ul><li>With this in mind, it makes sense to require from an early age that your child wear sunglasses. </li></ul><ul><li>Children often spend a lot of time outside, making the amount of sun they are exposed to high. </li></ul><ul><li>Aside from the benefits of protecting young eyes form an early age, requiring that your child wear sunglasses will hopefully be the beginning of a lifelong habit of eye protection. </li></ul>
  4. 4. General Tips <ul><li>Your approach to choosing sunglasses for your child will vary depending on the child’s age. </li></ul><ul><li>But for all children, it is best to choose sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV rays or higher. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, if you don’t already wear them, start wearing sunglasses yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>In all aspects of parenting, it is wise to model the behavior you want; sunglass wearing is not an exception. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Tips for Babies <ul><li>For babies, there are a wide variety of banded sunglasses available. </li></ul><ul><li>The design is similar to swimming goggles. </li></ul><ul><li>The band goes around the back of the head and helps keep the glasses in place. </li></ul><ul><li>The band may not deter older babies from removing the sunglasses, but being persistent and consistently putting sunglasses on your baby will help your cause. </li></ul><ul><li>Babies and toddlers love routines. Make putting on sunglasses a part of the “going outside” routine every time, and it will become second nature for them. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tips for Older Kids <ul><li>For older children, it is best to let them choose their own sunglasses, as long as the ones they choose offer the correct amount of sun protection. </li></ul><ul><li>There are so many fun designs, including popular children’s characters, that it should not be difficult to convince an older child to wear sunglasses. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Choosing the Right Sunglasses <ul><li>When choosing sunglasses for children, there are a few things to keep in mind. </li></ul><ul><li>With all of the running around and playing children do, and the higher likelihood that a child might leave their glasses lying around, it is best to choose a more durable model. </li></ul><ul><li>Polycarbonate lenses are recommended for children’s eyewear, as this material is more durable than other options. </li></ul><ul><li>You might also consider some type of band or strap to help prevent your child from losing the sunglasses when they take them off </li></ul>
  8. 8. Conclusion <ul><li>Part of your job as a parent is to keep your child safe and help them learn to make good choices. </li></ul><ul><li>Sunglasses will help protect your child’s vision, and getting them into this habit early will make protecting their eyes a normal part of their life. </li></ul><ul><li>So, if you have not been mandating that your kids wear shades, start now. </li></ul><ul><li>It is never too late to develop healthy habits, but the longer you wait the more difficult it will become. </li></ul>
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