Why Kids Need Sunglasses

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How much UV radiation should kids' sunglasses filter out?

Why Kids Need Sunglasses

Sunglasses shield your child's eyes from two types of UV radiation. Select only styles that filter out 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation. The more ultraviolet light you can keep out of the eyes, the safer they are. If you can see your child's eyes clearly through the lenses, it's likely they are not dark enough to provide adequate protection. In addition, children should wear large-brimmed hats to further protect their eyes, especially when exposed to the sun for long periods.



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