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Skiing, Sun and Shades: Risks on the Slopes

You apply sunscreen, wear a hat and put on pair of polarized shades to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays before heading to the beach, but these steps should be followed before partaking in winter activities too – especially if you are going skiing this season. Most people don’t think to protect their…

Cloudy Days and UV Rays

Did you know that the sun’s rays can slice through overcast skies, clouds and even rain? It’s true! Even on cloudy days, UV rays are as powerful as ever. Just because you may not feel the warmth of the sun doesn’t mean you’re protected beneath a cover of clouds. According to American Scientist, clouds can…

Flex-Fit Frames: Made With Kids in Mind

Most kids can’t have nice things for long without breaking them. That’s one reason that many parents are almost fearful about shopping for new eyeglasses or sunglasses for their children. Kids are active and playful, and sometimes their fun and roughhousing can be too much for some pairs of glasses. That’s not the case with…

Snow Blind: Why Sunglasses Are Important in the Winter

Sunglasses aren’t only for sunny summer days. Have you ever experienced snow blindness in the winter months? We’re talking about being out on a bright day in the snow, leaving you with eyes that ache and seeing spots for a few seconds before you recover and can keep moving. Snow blindness may not seem like…

How Much Does Snow Reflect Harmful UV Rays?

With winter now arriving in full force across much of the country, there’s no better time than now to review the dangers of snow for your vision. Yes, snow is white and fluffy, but it can cause all types of harm, especially to your child’s eyesight. According to the World Health Organization, snow reflects up…

Five Key Reasons to Wear Shades this Winter

When you hear the word “winter,” you typically think of snowflakes, sledding, hot chocolate, freezing temperatures and ice on the roads. When we hear the word “sunglasses,” we tend to think about the summer season, when sunny days rule the weeks and we hit the beach and enjoy outdoor activities. However, wearing sunglasses is just…

Another Snake Knows the Value of Shades

We mustache you a question. Do you think that it’s time to ‘stache your shades? This snake certainly doesn’t think so! The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently located a “hipster snake” – complete with sunglasses and mustache markings, reports the Houston Chronicle. This particular snake even has a cute little mustache! Remember our last…

Bring Your Shades to Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means a lot of great things are ahead. First of all, there is no school, so your children can enjoy a long weekend of not worrying about homework or pop quizzes. You also get to enjoy the fun, festive activities with extended family, making sure that your…

Advantages of Polarized Lenses

When our kids are out in the sun, we do what we can to protect them from the sun and that includes having them wear sunglasses. At Real Kids Shades, we use patented P2 lens technology in our lenses that offers extra benefits for your child’s vision, as well. P2 lenses combine together polycarbonate lens…

Toddler Playing Autumn

Daylight Saving Time Doesn’t Mean to Stash the Shades

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. Of course, that means that winter is coming. Just because summer is over, though, doesn’t mean that the danger of UV rays is gone. It’s important for your children to wear sunglasses all year long! While the days are shorter…

Shades and Colors: What Role Does Tint Play?

When you are trying to pick out a pair of new sunglasses, you will often have the option to choose the color tint that you want them to have. Many people make the mistake of choosing a tint based solely on aesthetics, but you should also consider what you plan to do while you’re wearing…

Enjoy a Discount and Help Support Breast Cancer Research

Do you like saving money while also donating to a very worthy cause? Then we have the deal with you! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to raise awareness, we are giving you a great deal by offering a 10 percent discount on all regular prices! But that’s not all. We will also be…

Do Sunglasses Expire? A New Study Suggests They May

We all know that sunglasses are important. They protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. We know that a nice pair of sunglasses is a great investment not only in your eye health, but also in your sense of style. Not wearing sunglasses can lead to issues down the road with your eye health, including…

Light Colored Eyes? You Could Be at Greater Risk

We’re exposed to UV light on a daily basis. Now while it may be what gives us those great tans in the summer, it can also be very damaging to our skin and our eyes, especially those whose eyes are lighter colors. It turns out that having lighter colored eyes can actually mean you are…

Darkness vs. Protection: Darker Lenses Don’t Block UV Rays Better

Exposure to ultraviolet rays can be harmful not just to our skin, but also to our eyes. Luckily, wearing the right sunglasses can help you avoid problems, while also keeping you looking stylish. Choosing the best pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes does not have to break the bank, though. Sunglasses can be incredibly…

Sunglasses in Autumn

Autumn Brings Cooler Temps, But UV Rays Still a Factor

As summer turns into autumn, you will undoubtedly notice the cooler temperatures and the shorter days. If there is any danger associated with this seasonal transition, it is that many people believe that just because the sun appears less prominent, that we are less susceptible to the dangerous UV rays that the sun emits. If…

Snakes Wear "Shades"

Even Snakes Wear ‘Sunglasses’

The sun, while sustaining our planet, gives off a type of radiation that can affect our eyesight. Ultraviolet rays, or UV rays, come off in three different varieties. As we discussed in an earlier blog post, types UVA and UVB can cause long-term damage, while UVC rays are absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere. The more…

Polycarbonate Lenses

Advantages of Polycarbonate Lenses

One of the strongest and safest materials on the market, polycarbonate material offers exceptional strength and resilience. According to a Vision Service Plan article on the topic, polycarbonate was originally designed for canopies covering cockpits in fighter planes, offering an impact-resistant, yet optically clear window. In the 1970s, NASA used polycarbonate material to construct visors…

Kids and Sunglasses

Tips to Get Your Children to Wear Their Sunglasses

As a parent, it can be tough to be vigilant about everything. Of course, you want the best for your children, but some things just slip through the cracks – and one of those things often seems to be sunglasses. When you are out walking on a sunny day, you will notice most adults wearing…

Back to School Sunglasses

Order Glasses Now for Back to School

It’s officially the back-to-school season, and you know what that means: it’s time to start shopping to make sure your kids are prepared for the school year! While you’re purchasing new clothes, notebooks and binders, don’t forget to think about your kids’ back-to-school eyewear needs. Even though it’s the end of the summer season, your…