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Does my toddler need to wear sunglasses?

Ideally, if your child is going to be in the sun, then he or she should wear sunglasses, to protect his or her eyes from harmful UV rays. Exposure to these rays, even early on, can contribute to problems like cataracts later on, so it’s worth starting preventative measures early!

Of course, some toddlers don’t like to wear sunglasses, and resist, or pull them off. If this is the case with your child, compromise by letting him or her wear a peaked cap or hat that shades his or her eyes from the sun.

Make sure that you buy your child’s sunglasses from a reputable shop, and that they are labelled as blocking 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t trust flea market or street market sunglasses though – they may not live up to their claims. Non-breakable lenses and frames are the best choice, and a pair of sunglasses with a medium tint will offer the best protection and comfort to your toddler.

There are plenty of cute toddler sunglasses out there, and they generally don’t cost a lot, so it’s worth making a small investment to protect your child’s eyes.

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