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March is National Save Your Vision Month

At Real Kids Shades, we’re on a mission to protect young eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by creating comfortable, stylish sunglasses designed specifically for kids. That’s why we’re thrilled to observe National Save Your Vision Month in conjunction with the American Optometric Association (AOA). Today, we’d like to take this opportunity to discuss the…

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Don’t Make These Common Eye Care Mistakes

For many of us, caring for our vision comes down to having the right prescription, and wearing our sunglasses when we go outside. But eye care goes way beyond that, and here at Real Kids Shades, we want to make sure you’re keeping your eyes as healthy and hygienic as possible. With this goal in…

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Best Vitamins to Support Healthy Eyes

We have all heard that carrots are one of the best vegetables for promoting healthy eyes, and chances are good that you include them in your children's regular diet. What you may not be aware of is that there are several vitamins and nutrients that contribute to eye health as well. While these vitamins may not…

My Child Scratched His Eye…What Should I Do?

A scratched eye, known as a corneal abrasion, is an injury commonly experienced by children. What causes a scratched eye? Often times, the cause of a scratched eye is simply accidental, ranging from babies exploring their face with their hands, a foreign object entering the eye, another small child accidentally poking the eye, or playing…

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Study Identifies Alarming Increase in Childhood Eye Injuries

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” This famous line from everyone’s favorite cranky mall Santa might have been the punchline to a joke, but childhood eye injuries are no laughing matter. Every year, children wind up in the emergency room with preventable injuries that can cause permanent damage to their vision. In fact, according to…

How to Keep Your Eyes Hydrated This Winter

How to Keep Your Eyes Hydrated This Winter

Have you been suffering from dry, itchy eyes this winter? This is a fairly common condition this time of year, and over-the-counter eye drops can only help so much. The good news is, you don’t have to live with dry eyes all winter long. There are a few simple steps you can take to keep…

Can Reading in Low Light Really Harm Your Child’s Eyes?

Can Reading in Low Light Really Harm Your Child’s Eyes?

In this blog, we tend to focus on the detrimental effects that sunlight can have on our eyes.  When our eyes are exposed to the UV radiation in sunlight for prolonged periods of time, it can cause permanent damage and vision impairment. Fortunately, you can protect your eyes from sun damage with a simple pair…

Put Your Sunglasses to Good Use This Winter

Put Your Sunglasses to Good Use This Winter

The sunny days of summer are behind us, and that means many people have already stashed their favorite pairs of sunglasses away for the season. We tend to get the most use out of our sunglasses during the spring and summer, but that doesn’t mean they can’t come in handy throughout the rest of the…

What’s the Difference Between UVA and UVB Radiation?

What’s the Difference Between UVA and UVB Radiation?

Anytime you step out into the sun, you’re exposing your skin and eyes to potentially harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There are several types of UV radiation, including UVA, UVB and UVC radiation. Although you don’t have to worry too much about UVC radiation, since UVC rays are short and unable to penetrate the earth’s atmosphere…

This Halloween, Say No to Non-Prescription Contact Lenses

This Halloween, Say No to Non-Prescription Contact Lenses

When it comes time to put together a Halloween costume, there are lots of people who go all-out to completely transform their appearance and assume a new role for the night. From painting their faces to wearing wigs, people will stop at nothing to create the perfect costume. In some cases, this includes wearing non-prescription…

Don’t Forget to Take your Kids to Their Annual Eye Exam

Don’t Forget to Take your Kids to Their Annual Eye Exam

If your child wears glasses or has complained about their vision in the past, it’s extremely important for you to take the time to have their eyes examined at least once every year. The start of school is a great time to do it, since an estimated 80 percent of the learning your child does…

Why You Need Special Glasses to View Next Week’s Eclipse

Why You Need Special Glasses to View Next Week’s Eclipse

Next week, on August 21st, millions of Americans will be able to view a total solar eclipse as it passes over the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. The last time we were treated to an eclipse of this magnitude was way back in 1979. But you can’t just walk outside and look up to…

Public Libraries Will Offer Free Glasses for Solar Eclipse

Public Libraries Will Offer Free Glasses for Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, there's going to be a total solar eclipse that will captivate much of the country. The Great American Eclipse, as it’s being called, is scheduled to pass over a long stretch of land from northwestern Oregon all the way to South Carolina. Those who are lucky enough to see the eclipse…

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Research Suggests Natural Light is Good for Kids’ Eyes

Exposure to UV radiation might be harmful to our eyes, but as long as we wear a protective pair of sunglasses, daylight may actually help to improve our vision early in life. According to an article published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, new research suggests that natural light could play an important role in…

How Does Sunlight Damage Our Eyes?

How Does Sunlight Damage Our Eyes?

Just as sunlight damages the skin, the eyes are also susceptible to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Eyelids are particularly vulnerable to UV damage due to their thin skin and fragile tissues. Years of unprotected UV exposure can also damage the lens and cornea over time. Without adequate protection, prolonged sunlight exposure can lead to…

Snapchat to Release a Pair of Its Own High-Tech Sunglasses

Snapchat to Release a Pair of Its Own High-Tech Sunglasses

Science-fiction authors have all but exhausted fantastical scenarios in which new technology gives humans the ability to play back and relive captured memories. With the advent of Snap's Spectacles, however, this idea may become a reality sooner than you think. The social-media company behind Snapchat first unveiled Spectacles late last year with a soft launch…

Don’t Skimp on UV Protection. It Could Save Your Vision!

Don’t Skimp on UV Protection. It Could Save Your Vision!

Unlike most accessories, sunglasses are far more than just a stylish trend. Volumes of research have shown they help protect our eyes against harmful UV rays and other forms of radiation, which can later contribute to cataracts, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis. And there’s more — new research has found that exposure to the sun’s “blue light,” or…

Eat These 5 Foods to Protect the Health of Your Eyes

Eat These 5 Foods to Protect the Health of Your Eyes

Our vision shapes the way we see the world. Likewise, it’s important that we do whatever we can to protect our eyes from harm, like wearing UV-blocking sunglasses when we’re outside. But wearing sunglasses isn’t the only thing we can do to protect our eyes. We can also eat foods that promote eye health and…

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Prevent Eye Damage During Spring Sports Season

Spring is officially upon us, and that means kids all over the country are returning to baseball diamonds, soccer fields and tennis courts for another season of outdoor sp orts. We might typically associate these types of activities with injuries like sprained ankles and bruised elbows, but it’s important to make sure our kids take…

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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…