Six Tips For Purchasing Eyewear for Children

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When buying glasses for your children, be aware of some important factors that affect his or her safety and happiness as well as the longevity of the glasses.


Glasses come in many shapes and materials, so it can be difficult to know what is best for your child. It’s important to let your child choose the frames, since he or she will be wearing them. Here are some things to consider when choosing eyewear for your child:

–    Activity level: When choosing a lens material, you must consider how active your child is. If your child is very active and participates in sports and other activities, polycarbonate or plastic lenses might be best. These are less prone to shattering and more resistant to scratches. Also, an elastic band is essential to hold the glasses in place for a child who plays sports or performs other physical activities.

–   Thickness of lenses: Polycarbonate or plastic lenses are better for children who need a higher power lens. Higher power lenses are thicker and might be heavy if made from glass.

–   Frame material: Materials for frames are often plastic or titanium. Plastic is inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors, and is durable. However, titanium frames tend to be more durable than plastic frames and are lightweight. The durability and quality of titanium frames comes at a higher price than plastic, however.


Educate your child about how to properly maintain and care for his or her glasses. Your child should clean the glasses with water and mild soap or with cleaning cloths designed for lenses. These cloths are inexpensive and may be useful for your child to keep on hand. We recommend storing eyewear in a hard-side glasses case when the eyewear is not in use. This will help retain the shape of the glasses and can prevent scratches or damage to the lenses.


Finally, ensure that your child’s glasses fit properly. Ill-fitting glasses can be uncomfortable and slide down the nose. The bridge of the frame should sit comfortably on your child’s nose, without gaps. Glasses need regular refitting, too. A cable temple frame style, which hooks around the back of the ears, can help young children keep eyewear in place. Make sure your child wears his or her glasses consistently.


By following this advice and including your child in the selection of his or her glasses, you can help ensure your child’s happiness and eye health.