Quality sunglasses are an important — but often overlooked — everyday accessory. We all know how wearing sunglasses on can help keep the sun out of our eyes, but did you know if you don’t wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV-A and UV-B protection, they could actually be harming your eyes? Wearing sunglasses keeps light out of your eyes, but wearing them also relaxes your pupils, which lets in MORE harmful radiation if your glasses aren’t made to keep out UV rays.
This is an especially important thing to think about for kids because children’s eyes are at extra risk for permanent damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays. The cells in our eyes don’t regenerate like our skin cells do, so damage from the sun builds up over time and can eventually cause serious eye disease — or even blindness!
Enter Real Kids Shades — quality sunglasses made just for kids. I was recently given a pair to try on one of my children (Real Kids Shades also provided all the helpful information at the beginning of this review), and there are a lot of good things that can be said about these glasses! With styles for infants up to big kids, you can easily find a pair of sunglasses to fit your child’s lifestyle. Every pair of Real Kids Shades is made to be impact and shatter resistant, and, no matter what style you choose, you can be sure you’re giving your child the UV protection he/she needs.
Since my all my boys are involved in sports, I chose the Xtreme Convertible shades for ages seven to twelve. These can be worn either with the regular ear pieces or the included sports band. When my son is on the basketball court or running cross country, he can use the sports band to hold his glasses on and keep them from sliding down his nose. When he’s riding in the minivan, he can click the strap off and put on the regular ear pieces. It’s easy and quick!
In addition to the versatility of the strap/ear pieces, I’m really impressed by how much sun is blocked out by these sunglasses. There’s a soft foam ring around the inside of my son’s pair of Real Kids Shades that keeps sunlight from getting through.
It’s important to note that the eye damage I mentioned earlier is not just a summertime concern. The sun puts out UV rays all year long, even in winter, so you want to make sure your child has glasses that will hold up past the wear and tear they receive during summer. Real Kids Shades should do that for you. They’re sturdy and will hold up to an active lifestyle — definitely not the toy sunglasses so many children wear!
Even though this pair was sized for seven to twelve year olds, unless your child has an extremely large head they should fit past that age. I tried them on and they fit me just fine. (They’re really comfortable, too!)
Now is the perfect time to start protecting your child’s eyes with Real Kids Shades, because there’s a 20% off coupon (good until 09/27) on the Real Kids Shades Facebook page. While you’re there, be sure to enter the $250 Visa Gift Card giveaway!
I received the above products through Sublime Media Connection in exchange for an honest review. In no way was I asked to give a positive review.