We all know how damaging the sun can be. As parents, we spend so much time worrying about the length of time our children are exposed to direct sunlight. We lather them in sun cream and replace their hats, what feels like a million times a day, all in the name of sun protection. More often than not, we make them sit under parasols and encourage them to play in the shade!
Even though we spend so much time and effort trying to protect our children’s skin from the sun, how often do we think about providing them with sunglasses to wear too? It wasn’t until recently, when we visited our local Vision Express store, that I learned the true extent of the damage the sun can cause to our children’s eyes. It’s surreal to think that we spend so much time worrying about our children’s skin, yet it’s far less common to worry about their eyes!
Did you know that by the age of eighteen, we have absorbed 50% of the total UV light that we’ll absorb in a lifetime?
Figures suggest that as many as 75% of parents are unknowingly putting their child’s eyes at risk, by not providing them with adequate protection when they’re out in the sun’s rays. Sunglasses are so simple, yet they do an amazing job at protecting our little ones. So with a little help from Vision Express, Hubs and I decided to invest in some quality eye wear for our girls. He and I also had new prescriptions, so we made the trip to our local store – it was time for new glasses all round!
Service with a Smile
Having done a little research into the kind of glasses that the girls should wear, I knew that they should have full UVA and UVB protection, as well as the CE mark of quality. Vision Express have all of this as standard. It’s possible to buy glasses from other places that don’t have all of the protection you need, so it’s always worth checking they’re going to do the job properly before you part with your cash.
Our local Vision Express store had so many cool styles for our girls to choose from. The biggest was totally taken with the Disney Princesses range.They’re unbelievably cute! She had purple Rapunzel glasses and the littlest went for a pink Frozen pair . We even had a little rendition of ‘Let it Go’ from the optician whilst she fitted them, which put a huge smile on their faces. Hubs and I went a little more mainstream with our new specs, pink just doesn’t seem to suit him! The fitting process was super quick, but made a huge difference to the look and feel of all of our glasses.
The staff at Vision Express were absolutely exceptional. We went in with two small and excitable children, parents you know what it’s like, but they looked after them and us with every ounce of enthusiasm and expertise. We can’t thank Vision Express enough for the guidance and service we received – would I recommend them? YES – without a shadow of a doubt!
*We were provided four pairs of glasses from Vision Express in exchange for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own – we will definitely be back next time we need glasses!