Kids blue light filtering glasses: A complete guide
Blue light filtering glasses for kids can be an essential tool in their daily lives, especially since blue light exposure from screen time is an unavoidable part of how children learn, play and explore.
Children and teens are exposed to increasing amounts of harmful blue light from online learning platforms and video games. This light is also emitted naturally from the sun and screens.
The blue-light-blocking glasses for children may have both short- and long-term health benefits for their eyes and overall health. They are not a complete solution to screen time, but they can be helpful.
We review the top blue light glasses for kids and give tips on maintaining a healthy balance between screen and life.
Why should my children wear blue light glasses?
Children’s eyes are more susceptible.
Artificial light sources, such as TVs, phones and laptops, emit harmful blue light as well as the sun.
Children’s eyes can’t filter out high-energy visible lights (also known as HEV light), so they are more susceptible to harmful UV rays.
Blue light exposure can have long-term and short-term effects on the eyes.
It can cause eye fatigue and disrupt sleep patterns. -HEV blue lights can be harmful to the circadian rhythm. An extended exposure can lead to retinal cell injury.
These glasses block harmful UV and blue light but allow for beneficial light to pass through. This helps to reduce the long-term effects of blue light and supports a healthier bedtime routine. Parents know that good sleep is important!
Screen time for children has increased.
While children’s interests and habits change rapidly, one trend seems to remain constant: the increase in screentime (and consequently, in harmful blue light exposure).
Research shows that children spend several hours each day in front of screens. Studies in 2017 found that children spend an average of 2.5 hours per day on screens, while teenagers spend an average of 4 hours on their phones, tablets, or TV.
Regular eye exams are key to healthy eyes. Children should have their eyes examined once a year to detect vision problems.
There are two options: prescription lenses with blue protection or clear blue light lenses for kids frames that don’t require a prescription.
Choose durable frames don’t have to tell you that children put on their clothes, shoes and toys. So look for glasses that can handle the challenge!
For comfort and ease of use, choose frames made of durable materials (such as acetate). All Coastal frames for kids are made to last.
- Blue light protection
Choose blue filtering lenses to protect children’s eyes against harmful UV light and harmful blue light.
- It would be best if you looked for tough lenses.
Your child’s glasses must be durable and can withstand everyday wear.
Glasses for children should have a durable lens like Durable Air lenses. They should also come with a protective layer such as C Shield, which has anti-smudge, water-repellant, and UV protection.
Screen time and kids: Tips and advice
Screen time can hurt children’s eyes and physical health. Reports indicate that children who spend more time looking at screens have:
- Higher rates of obesity
- Unhealthy eating habits
- School performance is lower
- Low self-esteem and self-worth
Daily screen limits
- Age 0-2 Years: No screen time, with the possible exception of video-chatting with parents
- 2-5-year-olds: Maximum 1 hour per day
- No more than 2 hours per hour
Although screen time is a part of daily life, parents can set boundaries to ensure that time is not wasted in unhealthy ways.
- Every 30-60 minutes, take a break to engage in some physical activity
- One hour before bedtime, avoid screens
- Reduce your screen time to model healthy screen behavior
- Blue light filtering glasses should be encouraged
Children can have a lot of fun with screen time. Wearing blue-light-blocking glasses for children lets them protect their eyes and make the most of their screens. To find the right pair of blue light blocking glasses for your child, browse our children’s frames.