Having your kids wear sunglasses in the snowy winter months is just as important as wearing sunglasses in the sunny summer months. It’s easy to forget about children’s sunglasses for winter outdoor activities like sledding and skiing but kid’s eyes should be protected year round.
Protecting your children’s eyes on a snow covered winter day is important because the snow reflects up to 80% of the sun’s harmful rays. The snow reflects the sun’s rays more than grass, sand and even water. Remember, altitude also increases radiation. Ski resorts, which are typically located at higher elevations, have less atmosphere to filter out UV rays. Playing in the snow without protective eyewear even for a short period can seem harmless but remember UV damage is cumulative over a lifetime. The sun’s UV rays reflecting off of the snow can burn the eye’s cornea. This is sometimes referred to as snow blindness.
Children’s eyes, which are more sensitive than adult eyes, are more prone to snow blindness or photokeratitis. Photokeratitis can occur in not only older children playing in the snow but even in infants being pushed in a stroller on a snowy winter day!
Over time, frequent UV exposure to the eyes put your child at a higher risk of serious eye disease later in life. If you opt to purchase cheap sunglasses at a gas station or supermarket make sure to you look for the UV-A and UV-B labels. Many inexpensive sunglasses may not provide the UV protection your child needs. Quality sunglasses for kids with UV-A and UV-B radiation protective lenses are crucial.
It’s also important to get your kids in the habit of wearing sunglasses early in life. Shop our full selection of children’s eyewear for all ages with 100% UV protection. Sons + Daughters not only designs fashionable eyewear for kids, all of our glasses have UV (ultraviolet) protective lenses!
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