Why does my child need to wear Sunglasses?BANZ® sunglasses are a necessity to cover infant and toddler eyes from the harmful rays of UV (ultra violet) light. Until approx 8-9 yrs old a child has no filters in the eye to block out UV light. You can actually do MORE harm to the eye if you put an inferior lens in front of the eye! Behind tinted lenses, the iris opens to allow more light into the eye; if the lens doesn't protect properly, and more UV light gets into the eye potentially damaging the child's eye.
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How do I teach my child to wear sunglasses?
Wearing sunglasses, just like wearing sunscreen or fastening a seat belt, is a learned phenomenon. Kids learn fast, but if you don't teach them to wear sunglasses, they will never learn. Here are some of our suggestions on how you can get your child to love wearing BANZ®.
1) When you first put BANZ® on your child they should be in the sun - not indoors.
2) Make sure the polycarbonate lenses on the sunglasses are clean. If not, clean them with a lens cleaner and soft cloth. If you don't have lens cleaner, soap and water will do. Just don't dry them with an abrasive paper towel.
3) Center the sunglasses so the nosepiece rests on the tiny bridge of the nose and the straps above the ears. Adjust the neoprene strap to be just tight enough so that they don't slip down, but not tighter. If they are too snug they will not want to wear them.
4) It is normal, especially for infants, to try to pull the glasses off at first. But the more you put them back on and encourage them to wear them, the easier it gets. Start your child as young as possible. Remember that wearing sunglasses for 5 minutes the first time is wonderful. It's a new experience so build the time up gradually.
What is the UV protection of Banz® sunglasses?
The lenses are UV400 lens, category 4. These lenses block out the entire spectrum of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays from the sun. UVA rays are thought to be more harmful to the skin; they cause sunburn and get below the outer layer of skin. UVB rays are the rays thought to be the worst on the eye and causing damage to the retina and lens with overexposure and under-protection. UVC rays are extremely dangerous but do not reach the earth's surface due to absorption in the atmosphere.
What does a category 4 lens mean?
What are the Sunglasses made from?
BANZ® frames and lenses made from polycarbonate material. This material makes BANZ® frames virtually shatterproof and ensures that they stand up to wear and tear.
Where are BANZ® products made?
BANZ® UV Swimwear, Cases and Sunhats are made in China.
BANZ® Sunglasses, Earmuffs and Ski Goggles are made in Taiwan.
BANZ® Swim Goggles are made in Korea.
Can BANZ® be fitted with prescription lenses?
Yes! Our Original BANZ® wrap-around sunglasses are Rx-able and are capable of being cold fitted with a prescription lens up to +/ - 8 diopters. You will need to purchase the Original BANZ® of your choice and take them to your optician to be fitted with the lenses.
What are the straps made from?
BANZ® wrap-around headbands are made from Neoprene. Neoprene is the same material used to make wetsuits; it is stretchy and easy to clean with warm soap and water. The material is very soft and comfortable on the little heads; it also keeps the glasses where they are supposed to be - OVER the child’s eyes. An added bonus is that it floats in water to avoid loss at the pool or beach.
Are Adventure BANZ® sunglasses adjustable?
Adventure BANZ® wrap-around headbands adjust and secure with a hook and loop closure system (Velcro). This allows parents/children to loosen and tighten the glasses as they take them off and on and prolongs the use of the BANZ® as they “grow” with the child.
What are BANZ® swimsuits made of, how do they fit and what amount of UV protection do they offer?
The swimwear is made of a nylon spandex blend similar to the material used to make most swimwear, but, unlike most swimsuits, BANZ® swimwear is specially made with a built-in UV protection factor for extra protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. BANZ® swimwear is designed to be loose fitting for your child’s comfort. All swimwear has been clinically tested to a rating of UPF 50+.
BANZ® swimwear is CHEMICAL FREE! The UPF factor comes from the tightness of the weave of the materials we use. The UPF will never wash or wear out!
What is the UV protection of BANZ® Sun Hats?
BANZ® Sun Hats are the best in the market for protection and breathability. Our bucket hats are made of 100% Polyester and offer UPF protection of 50+.
Teaching your child about hearing protection can start early!
Banz® Earmuffs were developed because BANZ® believes hearing is precious and something that needs to be protected. Children should be taught the dangers of noise exposure and instructed to use ear protection when necessary. We believe that if you can teach children from a young age that their hearing is precious, and you protect them from becoming accustomed to excessively loud noises, they will be more likely to look after their hearing as they move into their teenage years. More than a third of all hearing loss is attributed to noise: loud music, loud workplaces, loud recreational equipment, due to these things people are losing their hearing at a younger age than they were 30 years ago. BANZ® Earmuffs are designed to protect young children from noise-induced hearing loss.