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The eyes of children are delicate and undergo significant development until the age of 12 years. This is why you must protect them. Even if young children don't like it at first. ~
TO OVERCOME THE DIFFICULT STAGE OF GETTING THEM TO WEAR SUNGLASSES, MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE A PAIR THAT FITS THEIR FACE, FULFILS ITS PURPOSE AND... THAT THEY SOON FORGET ABOUT!
In the mountains, UV rays are not filtered as much (the radiation increases by 4% with every 300 metres of elevation gain).
Sunglasses are essential for the protection of your kid's eyes for two main reasons:
- Because the retina doesn't complete its development until the age of 20 years. Before that age, it cannot filter all the UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses provide effective protection and prevent damage to your child's eyes.
- Because children are oblivious to the danger posed by the sun for their eyes. There is a risk that they will look directly at the sun without blinking. This is very dangerous and can result in burns to the retina if the direct exposure lasts several seconds.
With children's sunglasses, these risks are eliminated and you can let your child do as they please, without having to worry!
Do not confuse the UV protection index with the lens category!
The protection index of a pair of glasses is defined by the actual material the lens is made of, while the category corresponds to level of protection against glare. To choose sunglasses for your child, the lenses must be 100% anti-UV. This is the case with all our Quechua hiking glasses! As a result, these lenses filter all UVA and UVB rays.
It's also preferable to choose lenses made of polycarbonate, which is the material used for all of our sunglasses models. This is an ultra-light material offering excellent UV protection while being resistant to shocks. A good way to try and get your child to forget they are wearing sunglasses!
Remember, the category of the lens corresponds to the "darkness" of the tint. A category 3 lens offers the same level of protection against UV rays as a category 4 lens. The difference is in the amount of light that it lets through and the level of protection against glare.
Children's category 3 sunglasses are ideal for walks and family activities in fine weather. It is the most frequently used category for children's sunglasses.
Category 4 lenses are reserved for extremely bright surroundings, at sea on a boat or in the mountains on a glacier. If your child uses category 4 sunglasses in normal light conditions, they may find their glasses too dark and may be tempted to take them off.
Sunglasses frames vary according to the age of your child. They fit the shape of their face and fulfil their needs.
The objective is to make them as comfortable as possible for your youngster!
Under 2 years: glasses with flexible frames
Up to 2 years old, toddlers do not yet have a nasal bridge. Sunglasses such as the MH B100 have a rounded shape at the nose. It's better to choose flexible plastic frames: they fit the shape of the face and, above all, they won't lose their shape and break.
From 2 to 7 years old: flexible wrap-around sunglasses
For children between 2 and 7 years old, it is advisable to choose a model such as the MH K140, with larger lenses so as not to block their field of view. Consider adding a strap so that your child won't lose or drop their glasses.
7 years or more: sunglasses for kids, like those worn by mum and dad!
From the age of 7 years, you can look at choosing glasses with more rigid frames, which resemble the adult models. It's no longer necessary to have a strap to keep them on your child's head, except in the case of more bumpy sports like skiing.