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Young Boy with Sunglasses (Image, coolbaby, by AimeeLow via morgueFile)
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Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays which can lead to cataracts and blue light which can contribute to macular degeneration so it is no surprise that optometrists advise us to wear them. I have lately seen advice that children should also wear sunglasses when they go out.

Should children always wear sunglasses? Is this practical? Would the costs of obtaining quality sunnies for the kids be reasonable or prohibitive?

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In Australia, yes, I think they should. However, while kids' sunglasses aren't too expensive the cost can quickly add up if your child constantly loses or breaks them. My three year old loves his sunglasses but they rarely last more than a couple of weeks.
Well I see it this way.
If the people who know the best for the eyes say yes.
Then! ..........it's yes.
Simple.
Eyes must be looked after no matter.
You can buy on line for 10 pair of kids for a o.k. price.
It seems like good advice but optometrists also say that the wrong kind of lenses can also damage eyes and I fear the cheaper kids glasses may have that problem. So I think putting children in sunglasses that are effective my be cost prohibitive.

I also worry about children being boystrous and the potential for the glasses to break or for them to be lost.

I always wear sunglasses when I'm driving but not usually otherwise. They distort colours and I prefer to see things naturally, perhaps children would too.

If I had a child I would probably encourage good sunnies on very bright days ut not worry otherwise.
As a baby, my son would scream and cry if I took him out on a sunny day without his sunglasses on..... these days I can't persuade him to wear a pair for love nor money! So I don't think you can say they MUST wear glasses as not every child would be happy to do so. And to be really effective against the harmful rays, they would need to be expensive and that doesn't work well with small children I find....
Well I see it this way.
If the people who know the best for the eyes say yes.
Then! ..........it's yes.
Simple.
Eyes must be looked after no matter.
You can buy on line for 10 pair of kids for a o.k. price.
NO I don't think so.
My children were brought up in the sun and their eyes were OK and I think that is going a bit far to expect a toddler to wear sunglasses, as I do not think it is practical.

Cost is minimal as you could get cheapies, however they would constantly take them off, lose them, break them etc
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