Real Kids Shades Review - Celebrating Family

Real Kids Shades

Real Kids Shades

If you are like most parents, you do not allow your kiddos to play in the sun for an extended period of time without sunblock. As a desert dweller and skin cancer survivor myself, I always have sunblock handy and apply it to my kiddos often.  However, that desire to protect my children’s skin from the Sun’s harmful UV rays has left me forgetful of protecting their eyes.  I was recently contacted by Real Kids Shades and asked if I would do a review of their product. They sent me several pairs of their kid-friendly sunglasses and a lot of literature as well.

I was quite surprised as I read through the information RKS sent to me. It seems that I am not the only parent overlooking the health of their children’s eyes. According to Prevent Blindness America, while 82% of parents make sure their children wear sunscreen, only 32% require sunglasses. Even within that 32%, many parents do not take the UV protection seriously and buy toy sunglasses that can actually be worse than not wearing sunglasses at all. How is that possible? As it turns out, shaded lenses without 100% UV protection will relax pupils, causing them to dilate and let more harmful radiation into your child’s eyes. 

Here is some other information I got from RKS. Please read through this:

Sun Damage Is Permanent and Cumulative

Unlike skin cells, eye lenses cannot repair themselves. Once they’re damaged, they’re damaged forever. Eye lens cells are never replaced and over time, the harm done is cumulative. This can lead to serious eye diseases and even blindness.

Eye Disorders Caused By Sun Damage

  • Cataracts
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Pterygia – abnormal tissue grown on the whites of the eyes
  • Sin cancer around the eyes
  • Photokeratitis – sunburn of the cornea
Now that I have scared you, the fun side of Real Kids Shades is that their sunglasses are actually pretty cool.  My kiddos felt like movie stars wearing them. This was the most fun they have had during a photo shoot. The sunglasses were comfortable and they stayed on, even when my son was playing basketball.  Many of the glasses come with a removable neoprene strap. We received three different styles and both of my kiddos preferred the Glide.
Real Kids Shades
Real Kids Shades truly has a great product. The UV levels are third-party verified at 100%, they have a wide variety of styles, the glasses are comfortable, and the lenses are made with shatter resistant polycarbonate. Be sure to head over  to their site and get shopping.


Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary product to conduct this review. All opinions are my own.

About Janice

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  1. Debra Wagner says

    Dont they look Cool and in Style!! My adorable grandchildren!!

  2. Debra Wagner says

    Seeing how my grandkids have a pair now I will get this pair for my newborn grandchild to be born at the end of August, the Extreme first pair!!

  3. I would have to get a pair of baby’s first shades!

  4. Glenn Wagner says

    Love those sunglasses and your kids are so beautiful!

  5. cool! My blue eyed kiddos could definitely use those! They’re very sensitive to light!

  6. first shades in pink or flex

  7. I like the flex or glide, they are pretty neat!

  8. Mommy Pamela says

    I will be having a baby soon and never really thought about eyewear for them even though I never go outside without it. Thanks for enlighting me on how importnat eyewear is that really protects the little one’s eyes. BTW, the kids look really stylish!

  9. Stephanie Larison says

    I love the flex

  10. Real Shades Blue would be my pick.

  11. I love how sturdy they look and cool. Hope I win them for my grandson

  12. The flex would be awesome! Thanks for chance to win.

  13. Extreme Element, for my Extreme Kid!

  14. ReggieM1961 says

    Flex Shades 3 – 7 Years in Purple

  15. Meghan Finley says

    Flex duo in pink/orange

  16. I think my son would enjoy the Blade style

  17. Laurie Emerson says

    I would pick the Xtreme Element in pink for my daughter.

  18. Sarah Elston Yurga says

    pink daisy infant shades would be great to have

  19. Susan Holman says

    I would get a pair of the My First Shades for my granddaughter. She is just 9 months old and the strap would be a necessity.

  20. The Toddler Shades in Navy

  21. vera hanson says

    extreme chill in white

  22. I would let my child pic, and depends on what kind of mood she is in. 🙂

  23. susan smoaks says

    i like the fabulous in black shades

  24. I like the Flex in either pink or white!

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