Polarised sunglasses – your child’s best defence against glare?

Polarised sunglasses – your child’s best defence against glare?

We all know the uncomfortable squinty feeling you get at the beach on a sunny day. In its mildest form, glare is annoying. However, at its more intense, glare causes eye fatigue and eyestrain, distorts vision, and can even cause temporary blindness.

Now imagine what it's doing to your children's fragile eyes.

So how do you combat glare? It can be confusing to try to understand the wording around sunglasses when searching for the right pair for your kids. Is a good UVA and UVB rating enough? What about dark tinted lenses, will they do the trick? Polarised sunglasses – what does that really mean? 

Don't stress. We're here to give you the lowdown on the best way to reduce glare.

What are polarised lenses?

Sunglasses have changed a lot since the first pair was worn. Apparently, Roman Emperor Nero had polished emeralds held up to his eyes so that he could see gladiator competitions more easily. Fancy!

Fast forward to 1936, when the first polarised sunglasses were invented by Edwin Land. This busy fellow also invented the first cheap filters for taking photographs – Polaroid film. The idea behind both of the inventions is the same: the lenses on polarised sunglasses are coated in a chemical film that actively filters sunlight, which helps us see better on a sunny day.

What are the benefits of polarised sunglasses?

Basically, polarised sunglasses cut out the harsh glare that results when light is reflected off surfaces like water, roads or snow. This glare distorts our vision in a number of ways, affecting depth perception, colour perception and even causing temporary blindness.

While all Babiator sunglasses offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, the added benefit of Polarized Babiators sunglasses means that your children won’t be squinting, even on the sunniest of days. This helps to alleviate eye fatigue and eyestrain. They will be able to see straight through the glare off the water to the shells or crabs below.  Along with choosing polarised lenses to reduce glare, SunSmart Victoria has a range of other tips for choosing sun protective sunnies

Are tinted lenses the same as polarised lenses?

Short answer. No! Don’t be fooled by a dark or metallic tint. Tinted sunglasses do not necessarily provide protection from ultraviolet radiation or provide any glare-reduction. And emeralds? Nero obviously was a fan, but I think we might chuck a pair of polarised sunnies in the beach bag instead.


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Size Guide

A good fit is an important part of getting kids to wear their sunglasses. Check out the guide below for the recommendations and measurements of our different Babiators sunglasses sizes:

JUNIOR

AGES 0-2

 

Junior Babiators sunglasses fit most babies 6 months to 2 years. Babiators are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose.

Fit will vary by child depending on head size.

If you’re between sizes, we recommend ordering your child’s sunglasses a size up.

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 Size guide Cat Eye Babiators

Flower size guide 0-2

 

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CLASSIC

AGES 3-5

 

Classic Babiators sunglasses fit most children 3 to 5 years. Babiators are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose.

Fit will vary by child depending on head size.

If you’re between sizes, we recommend ordering your child’s sunglasses a size up.

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Big Kids 6+ 

AGES 6 & UP

 

Our 6+ Blue Series and Original range sunglasses fit most school age children 6 years and up.  They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose. Fit will vary by child depending on head size.    

 

 

 

 

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If you are not sure if the sunglasses fit well we suggest checking out "The Babiators Sizing Guide" blog post we wrote that shows our wonderful little model who was in-between sizes. It has some great pics to help you get the possible best fit for your child.