Whether sandy or paved beach, green area or mountain meadow: Playing outside is the greatest thing for children. Sunscreen and headgear get the little ones mostly missed, on the sunglasses, however, think only a few parents. Wrong, because the children's eyes are particularly sensitive and need protection. The eyes of children are clearer and more translucent than those of adults: pigments that give the eye a natural self-protection against light and UV radiation develop only over the years. Therefore, children's eyes can barely oppose the dangerous short-wave rays.
Children should also wear sunglasses
Kerstin Kruschinski from the board of trustees Good Vision: "If the eyes of the little ones are permanently exposed to extreme sunlight, there is a risk of permanent damage from the UV rays." What many parents do not know: Even children can and should wear sunglasses - not always, but always then, although a sun hat and sunscreen are appropriate. Kruschinski: "No child should be able to play longer in the blazing sun without adequate protection - and" protection "applies to the eyes as well as to the skin or the head - hat, glasses and cream are the ideal trio."
Children's sunglasses are not a toy
Sunglasses have to endure a lot on children's noses and in children's hands. They must not be sloppy processed, have no sharp edges and never break - here is a risk of injury! An inferior quality of the frame can often be interpreted as an indication of bad lenses. And bad glasses are dangerous: behind a pair of sunglasses, the pupils dilate - if the UV protection is not right, the dangerous rays can pass through unhindered and damage the child's eye.
But even the best children's sunglasses do not provide protection if they are not worn. The difficulty: Children do not express when the glasses are pushing or uncomfortable, but do not make any compromises in terms of comfort. An uncomfortable pair of glasses that pushes or slips or hinders play is simply not worn or "forgotten" somewhere.
Therefore: Do not buy children's sunglasses in the toy store, but with the optician. There you can not only be sure that the quality is right, but he can also adjust the glasses ideally equal to the head shape of the little ones. The look must not be neglected, says Kerstin Kruschinski: "My tip as a mother: Take your child with you to optometrist, if you choose a pair of children's sunglasses." If it is allowed to participate, it wears his glasses and often. "
the essentials in brief
- Children's eyes are more sensitive to UV light than adult eyes.
- Sun protection for children includes the sunglasses as well as headgear and cream.
- Children's sunglasses should be well and stably processed, have no sharp edges and never break.
- Good wearing comfort is particularly important in children: what pushes, slips or bothers, is also not worn by children.