by: Heather Reed
From Super Hero Frames to Princess Frames, Movie Star Frames to Baby Frames, kids' glasses are taking the nation by storm! We all know that kids look cute in sunglasses and love accessorizing with them to accentuate their individuality, but are they really necessary? The Skin Cancer Foundation says yes. Children ages 10 and under should wear sunglasses that have an Ultra Violet Rays (UVR) protection of 99-100% (UVA & UVB Rays) because their developing skin and eyes are more delicate and still forming. Adelaide A. Hebert, MD, Professor and Director of Dermatology, University of Houston explains that "until about age 10, the lens of a child's eye is clear, allowing greater solar penetration and thus greater UVR-induced ocular changes. After that, the lens starts to become more opaque, providing better protection." The Skin Cancer Foundation also points out that "UVR exposure causes 90 percent of all skin cancers. In addition, retinal exposure to UVR is associated with cataracts and macular degeneration, both causes of vision impairment. UVR damage builds over time, so the sooner you start protecting your children's eyes from the sun, the lower their risk will be of ever developing future eye problems," a definite must in my book!
Luckily for us, Julbo Eyewear offers just the protection our kids need. Julbo lenses guarantee 100% protection against UVA, UVB and UVC radiation, most having an extra flash finishing which helps filter the light through the lens, giving even more protection! They are excellent in mountain, water, and bright sun conditions. I decided to try the Solan Frames for my almost 4 year old, 5 year old, and 7 year old boys, and the extremely cute Looping 2's for my 12 month old.
The Solan Frames are suggested for ages 4-6, but fit my 7 year old really well too. When I asked my little guys what they liked about the frames, my four year old says that he likes the colors and "thinks they're cool" and my seven year old said they're really light and fit really well. He also remarked that he loves pretending to be a superhero in them! I really like that because they are so light, my little guys, even my special needs 5 year old, seems to forget he's wearing them. They are well built and seem very sturdy too. There is also a hole for you to attach a cord to keep the frames from flying off your kiddos' heads (cord purchased seperately for $2.50).
The Looping 2's are reversible frames (either way they put them on is the right way!) for ages 12-24 months. Our baby girl loves her super-cute pink frames with a light blue (almost grey) trim and so do I! I didn't have high hopes for her keeping them on, but she does. I really love that the frames are flexible, but not flexible enough for the lenses to pop out. Also, the sides curve slightly so they fit securely on her tiny face. They don't fold up compactly because they are made without hinges, but I actually prefer that I don't have to worry about the small screws coming out and her eating them. There is a tiny hole at the end of the frames with a flat elastic strap to hold the sunglasses in place on the baby/toddler's head. I love the idea behind the strap, but am a little curious how long the plastic mechanism holding the strap onto the frames will last (it seems a little flimsy). I hope they improve this in the future, but it's definitley not a deal breaker especially since you can purchase a replacement cord for only $5 plus $2 for standard 2-7 day shipping.
My favorite part of Julbo Eyewear is that they offer replacement parts! Replacement screws are free, just send them your address! You can purchase replacement cords for $5 (as mentioned previously) or replacement lenses for $16 (I think I hear the glorious sound of angels singing in the background)!
updated: August 11 2011 by slofamilylife
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