Why kid’s sunglasses aren't just for summer

by Natalie Brown

Listen up Babiators Crew, sunglasses aren’t just a summer staple!

The eye experts of the world recommend for best eye health, wearing shades all year round. So, despite the damper days of autumn looming, make sure your Babiators stay front and centre when outfit planning!   

Have some questions? We see you! Here’s why sunglasses are awesome all-year round…

Can you wear sunglasses all year round?

Absolutely! It’s not weird to wear sunglasses outside of the summer season, in fact damaging UV rays are still present on cloudy days even in the dead of winter.

Many adults may feel that it’s peculiar to pop on their sunnies however, it’s important to note that our little dudes receive 80% of their lifetime exposure to harmful light during childhood. So, that’s why it’s our mission to protect them!

What sunglasses are best for winter?

For optimal protection during colder months, polarised sunglasses are recommended to help protect little eyes against low-level sun. Low-level sun bounces off the ground frost or wet roads and causes that annoyingly bright glare!

However, all sunglasses are recommended not just for UV protection, but also to shield against wind, dust and debris which is in the air throughout the year.

What eye problems can be caused from the sun?

Too much exposure to the sun – even outside of the summertime – can cause both short-term and long-term issues. Younger eyes are believed to be more susceptible to UV and HEV damage than older eyes due to age-related changes in light-absorbing characteristics of ocular tissues. 

Some of the vision problems that can occur without adequate eye protection include:

  • Photokeratitis (“snow blindness”)
  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration

Do sunglasses protect from UV and HEV light?

There’s more! It’s not just damage from UV rays that we’re shining the spotlight on. The colder months often expose our little explorers to more HEV light too as frosted, wet or snowy ground reflects more solar radiation.

HEV light, also known as blue light, is an acronym for High Energy Visible light. It has a spectrum of 450-500 nanometres, which makes it somewhat visible to the human eye and fun fact; it’s why the sky’s blue!

To combat harmful light such as UVA/UVB and blue light, opting for sunglasses that offer 100% protection is key. All our Babiators include UV400 lenses and combined with our polarised coating, it helps protect from some effects of HEV light.

Indoor vs outdoor protection

Given the British weather, we know the changing season will likely mean more indoor adventures. So, no sun, no problem, right? Well, that’s not necessarily the case…

While UV400 sunglasses help to protect from UVA/UVB light and reduce glare that can worsen effect of HEV light, they’re not designed for indoor use. Instead, for the best protection from harmful blue light which is also emitted from screens and mobile devices, we advise opting for our Babiators Screen Savers!

Babiators mission

As well as providing our little crew with the coolest, safest sunglasses, we make sure that our Babiators always come along for the ride. That's why we offer our Lost & Found Guarantee meaning if your Babiators are lost or broken within one year of purchase, we will send you a free replacement. 

Now you can take those autumnal strolls and winter walks with peace of mind they'll always stay protected!

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