How to properly protect the eyes of your infant?
Have you read the first part? Does baby have to wear sunglasses?
In principle, the basic recommendations for protection against UV rays are in the sense that you never put a baby directly in the sun without protection, both for his skin and in general. Wearing sunglasses can reduce the risks secondary to long-term UV exposure. However, all measures taken to prevent the eyes from being exposed to direct sunlight will be good, such as: using a good hat with a wide brim or a cap, avoiding the hours of bright sun, i.e. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and avoiding glare of the sun on sand, water and snow.
Currently, there is no defined Health Canada standard for eye protection recommendations for infants.
How to choose the right baby sunglasses?
If as a parent you still want your baby to wear sunglasses, it is very important to choose the right ones. What is important to consider when buying a children's glasses is the filter first. The labeling must have the mention UV 400 (or sometimes UV100%) which means that the protection index is the highest to filter out UV rays. The color of the glass is relatively unimportant, brown, gray or green work very well and allow less glare. The density of the tint of the glass should be medium to high to significantly decrease the intensity of the light.
Glasses sold at very low prices often do not offer sun protection. If you see UV protection or UV 100, that does not correspond to quality glasses at all. Often they are unfiltered and remain useless, not to say harmful. In addition to not filtering out bad UV rays, they can cause the pupil to dilate and thereby promote the entry of more UV rays into their eyes, all the more reason not to put it on or make better choices.
Here are the interesting selection criteria when buying sunglasses for a young child:
The glasses must cover the eye well, that is to say that when properly installed, the glasses follow the eyebrows and prevent UV rays from passing above or below.
There are different sizes of glasses so choose according to the morphology of the child.
Polycarbonate lenses are very light and impact resistant.
A plastic frame, without a metal hinge, light, flexible that does not constrict the temples, is a good choice.
For young children, an elastic band can help to hold the glasses in place without support behind the ear or a glasses that has branches that can be pushed aside without breaking them or a small hook behind the ear to hold the branch of the glasses are also good options.
It is better not to choose a glasses with pads / pads because unpleasant especially for babies who do not yet hold their head.