Why sunglasses are important for children
Sunglasses are important for children because they help protect the eyes from harmful UV radiation from the sun. UV radiation can cause damage to the eyes, such as burning of the eye's surface and optic nerve tissue, and can also lead to long-term eye diseases, such as cataracts (a clouding of the eye's lens) and macular degeneration (a condition where the most sensitive areas of the retina are affected). Moreover, sunglasses can also help reduce glare, allowing children to see better and feel safer during outdoor activities.
Children are more susceptible to the harmful effects of UV radiation because their eyes are still developing and because they often stay in the sun for longer periods of time without protecting their eyes. Sunglasses for children are therefore important to help protect their eyes from UV damage and help prevent eye problems in the long run.
It is important to know that even babies and very young children need protection from harmful UV radiation from the sun. Because their eyes are still developing, they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of UV radiation than adults.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends wearing sunglasses for babies of about 6 months when they are outside. It is important to choose sunglasses that offer high UV radiation protection UV400 Cat. 3, and that meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standards.
When choosing sunglasses for babies and young children, it is important to consider the fit. Look for sunglasses with soft and flexible frames with a headband if necessary, so that the sunglasses are comfortable and do not slip off easily. It is also important to ensure that the lenses are large enough to completely cover the child's eyes.
It is also advisable to choose sunglasses with a sturdy and solid construction, such as the KOOLSUN FLEX for babies, to ensure that the sunglasses are not easily damaged if the baby puts them in his/her mouth.
It is good to teach children to wear sunglasses from an early age, so they get used to this and consider it normal to wear sunglasses when outside. With babies, do not put on sunglasses indoors. Babies won't be affected by the bright light then and are unlikely to accept the sunglasses. Put the sunglasses on outside if the baby is bothered by the bright light. Babies will then find that it is more comfortable to have sunglasses on.
What does UV400 mean?
UV400 is a term used to indicate that a pair of sunglasses or a lens provides protection against both UVA and UVB radiation with wavelengths up to 400 nanometres. This is the most complete protection against the sun's rays that can reach the eyes. Sunglasses with UV400 protection are recommended for daily use as they protect against the harmful effects of UV radiation on the eyes and surrounding area. KOOLSUN glasses are all labelled UV400.
What does CAT 3 mean for sunglasses
CAT 3 is a category for sunglasses used to indicate how dark the lens is. CAT 3 sunglasses have lesser light transmission than CAT 1 and CAT 2 sunglasses and are therefore suitable for brighter conditions such as in the mountains or in cloudy weather. These category sunglasses offer high protection against UVA, UVB and UVC radiation, as well as blue light, and are therefore suitable for use on sunny days, and are also suitable for driving, skiing and other outdoor sports. All KOOLSUN sunglasses are Cat. 3.
Why KOOLSUN sunglass lenses are made of polycarbonate
Sunglass lenses are often made of polycarbonate because it has several important properties that make it suitable for use in sunglasses.
How to best handle a pair of KOOLSUN children's sunglasses
There are a number of things you can do to ensure that your children's sunglasses stay in good condition and that your child can wear them safely and comfortably:
KOOLSUN sunglasses fall into the Optical class 1 category
Optical Class 1 is a classification for sunglasses awarded by the European Union (CE marking) and means that the glasses meet the highest requirements for optical performance. This means that the lens has no optical defects that could affect the wearer's vision, such as distortion, doubling or image blurring. The lens must also provide a sharp image of the field of vision. This rating is awarded only to sunglasses with high optical quality designed for use during sports or other outdoor activities.
KOOLSUN sunglass frames are made of TPEE
TPEE (thermoplastic elastomer) is a widely used material for the production of sunglasses because of its unique properties.
As a summary, we use TPEE for our sunglasses because of its flexibility, rigidity, light weight, durability, resistance to UV radiation, chemicals and heat.