Ever since Hollywood started casting young actors in eye glasses, many children have warmed up to wearing their specs. However…
Most parents do not know how to find the right eye glasses for their kids and most importantly, what to look for in kids’ eyewear.
From scratch resistant glasses to polycarbonate lenses and photochromic glasses, There’s a plethora of features to consider.
In this short guide, we are going to delve into the vital key factors that every parent/guardian needs to consider before buying kids’ eyewear.
Your number one priority is to ensure that your child’s eyes stay safe at all times.
You need to buy glasses that are tough, durable, naturally transparent, and can handle just about any of your child’s activities without breaking. Polycarbonate lenses are the best glasses for outgoing children.
Let your Child Choose
Children are more likely to wear glasses that they have specifically chosen for themselves without fuss. As a parent, you should let your child choose their eyewear.
If you’re sticking to a budget, you can pre-select a few pairs of glasses within your budget and let your child choose from your selection.
Consider Photochromic Lenses
Kids love wearing photochromic lenses, lenses that darken in bright light and brighten in the dark; most of the kids we ask think they’re super cool.
with photochromic lenses, children don’t have to change their glasses to do homework or when going outside to play, and they get to use the same pair, which is also more affordable.
Wear and Tear
Kid’s glasses are more exposed to wear and tear than adults’ eyewear.
To avoid having to buying your child a new pair too often, you should consider buying scratch-resistant glasses.
Again: durable, polycarbonate lenses are ideal; most are made with some form of coating, but to be on the safe side, you should buy lenses that you are certain have protective scratch-resistant coatings.
Metallic glass frames or other materials may be uncomfortable for your child to wear. Silicone nose pads are very comfortable and can firmly hold the glasses in place even during vigorous activities.
If you are buying plastic frames, ensure that you consult with your optician to get them fitted with a silicone bridge.
Consider Hypoallergenic Frames
If you must buy your child eye glasses with metal frames, consider whether the child reacts to certain metals like nickel and opt for hypoallergenic frames if necessary.
If you’re buying eye glasses for a toddler who needs to wear them throughout the day, you need to buy glasses that have cable temples. Cable temples wrap around the head in order to hold the glasses in place.
Glasses with cables temples are not easy to put on and off. We recommend that you get your child normal glasses if they are allowed to take off their glasses during the day.
Go for Spring Hinges
Spring hinges are yank-proof and offer supreme for your child’s eyewear, making them more durable.
They safely allow the temples of the glasses to bend outwards when the child takes the glasses on and off without complications. The glasses will also be harder to break even when they’re mishandled.
Invest in a back-up pair
You never know, kids have a lot going on in their young world and can easily misplace their glasses or break them. It’s always important to have an extra pair.
Now that you are well-informed about your childrens’ eyewear, you can always drop by our shop to browse our selections. We have amazing offers for kids’ eyewear.
You can also buy online from our store.
Please, feel free to consult with any of our skilled optometrists about your child’s eyewear.