Sure, it’s adorable to see little tikes donning their heart and star-shaped sunglasses at the beach. But as it turns out, those mini shades are serving an important purpose for later in life. According to ‘Harvard Health Letters,’ protecting the eyes at a young age is vital since that’s when they’re most susceptible to ultraviolet rays. And the effects of sun damage in our early years often don’t manifest until later in life with problems like cataracts (the clouding of the eye lens) or glaucoma (an increase in eye pressure that damages the optic nerve). Particularly for anyone spending time near reflective surfaces (like at the beach or in a snowy location), it’s important to wear sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays and are polarized to reduce any glare. Do you wear sunglasses that meet this criteria? Share your recommendations in the comments!