Some kids love sunglasses; others aren’t so keen. Whatever their attitude to shades, as a parent you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure that your child’s eyes are protected and that they’re as happy as they can be when they do have to wear sunglasses. Here are a few pointers on choosing the perfect sunglasses for your kids.
The right frame
Factors that need to be taken into account when choosing sunglasses for children include the material, size, and weight of the frame. In terms of material, some parents prefer metal-framed sunglasses as they usually have adjustable nose pads. This can be advantageous, especially for younger children whose noses aren’t yet fully developed, as it helps ensure a comfortable fit and can prevent the glasses sliding down. Plastic frames are fine too, as long as you make sure they’re a good fit (see below).
If you choose frames that are too large, there’s the potential to cause pain if the glasses come into contact with the child’s cheeks – and some children may also feel self-conscious with larger sunglasses. Weight is also an important factor – a child shouldn’t feel like they are carrying a burden on their face, so lightweight frames are usually the best option.
This is perhaps the most important factor in choosing children’s sunglasses. Children are playful and active, and you don’t want glasses that go flying off their face at the slightest provocation! Well-fitting sunglasses will also be more comfortable than an ill-fitting pair. Again, sunglasses with features such as adjustable nose pads and spring hinges can help achieve a more secure and comfortable fit.
Make it their choice
While you should be guided by the practical considerations mentioned above, you should absolutely involve your children in the decision. Maybe they prefer a certain frame shape over another. A choice of frame color and (where possible) lens color will help your child choose a pair of sunglasses in which they can look and feel cool and, perhaps more importantly, feel confident.
Even as adults it’s all too easy to be careless with our glasses or sunglasses. Help avoid your kids’ sunglasses getting damaged or lost by encouraging proper maintenance such as cleaning them when necessary, and always putting them back in the case when they’ve finished with them.
Choosing the right sunglasses for your kids needn’t be a chore. Keep these few pointers in mind, and have fun helping your kids choose the style of sunglasses that is right for them and their personality, and everyone will be happy.