Like many families in Florida, the Hunts – optometrist Kenneth C. Hunt, O.D.; wife Jen; and children Kenzie (13), Will (13), and Charlie (11) – enjoy spending a lot of their free time outdoors. And, whether hanging out by the pool at their Lake Mary home, enjoying the beach, or taking part in athletic events, the Hunts never forget to put on their sunglasses.
Dr. Hunt’s practice, Hunt Eyecare, has been a fixture in Lake Mary since January 2008, and his office is fully stocked with an impressive assortment of polarized and prescription sunglasses. His family recently returned from a weeklong summer vacation in the Florida Keys, and all five of the Hunts made sure to pack their Costa sunglasses – one of Hunt Eyecare’s most popular brands.
“From the time our kids were able to sit up, we had them wearing sunglasses on the beach,” says Jen, Hunt Eyecare’s marketing director. “To this day, when they’re ready to go outside, they look for their sunglasses.”
It’s a great habit for parents to instill in their kids, much like the use of sunscreen. Protecting young eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation is just as important as protecting the skin.
“It’s not age-specific. Sun damages everyone’s eyes,” Dr. Hunt says. “The big difference with young eyes is that the lens to the eye is so clear, it lets everything transmit through. So, you’re really never too young for sun protection in Florida.”
Hunt Eyecare is one of a select few authorized dealers in Central Florida of prescription Costa sunglasses,, which are manufactured in Daytona Beach and come in dozens of styles with lenses available in seven colors – each color suited for particular activities.
“I wear them more than any of my other sunglasses,” Jen says. “I wear them at the beach, when I go for a run outside, or when I’m at any of the kids’ sporting events that are outdoors. They are comfortable and durable, and the crispness of your vision is amazing. They are my go-to pair, for sure.”
In addition to having fun in the sun, the Hunts also enjoy snow skiing, and that’s when they sport their Oakley goggles to protect their eyes from the reflection of the sun off of the snow.
“A lot of parents don’t think about it,” Jen says of children’s sunglasses. “They’re concerned that their kids are going to lose them or not take care of them, which is understandable. But it’s a good thing to teach your kids the importance of wearing sunglasses, especially here in Florida.”