Eyewear for kids may be necessary to help with their vision problems as well as to protect their eyes. This can be a rather confusing buying process, since there are so many options.
To help you out, here are some tips you should consider.
- Listen to your doctor. You have to follow the eyeglass prescription if the eyewear is to help with your kid’s vision. Then you can consult with the optician regarding the lens. If the prescription calls for strong lenses, then you should try to keep the frames as small as possible.
- Pick a frame that your kid likes. Kids can get teased at first for wearing glasses, and they may not wear them as often as they should as a result. So it’s important that your kids think they look “cool” in their glasses.
- Try polycarbonate lenses or Trivex. These are great lenses for children and are much better than glass lenses. They’re impact-resistant for greater safety. They’re also more comfortable to use because they’re lighter than plastic lenses.
These materials also have UV protection built-in, and generally they’re also coated with scratch-resistant materials. They’re not all that expensive, as they cost roughly the same as regular lenses that have UV and scratch-resistant coatings
- Look for light yet durable materials for frames. Your choices are either plastic or metal, so it depends on what your kids like. Metal frames can now be as tough and lightweight as plastic, although you may want to choose a particular alloy if your kids are allergic to particular metals (such as nickel).
- For sports, use sports goggles. Although polycarbonate lenses may be tough enough for sports, that may not be the case for the frames. So you need proper sports goggles for athletic events. These must be fitted properly by an expert, and they should have a larger eye opening so physical contact can have the impact points farther from the eyes.
- Buy a backup pair. Kids can be very imaginative in their destructive ways, so you should always have a backup eyewear for them just in case.
- Go for adjustable nose pads. The problem with plastic frames is that they should have bridges that fit smaller noses. But kids grow up quickly, so the plastic frame may not fit properly after just a few months of use.
Metal frames at least have adjustable nose pads so they can fit even smaller noses. Just make sure you work with your optician, who can check whether the frames fit properly.
- Look for spring hinges. Temples (the arms on the sides) with spring hinges can flex outward away from the frames without getting damaged. This is a great feature because children aren’t always very careful when they put on or take off their glasses. They’re extremely recommended for toddlers as well.
- Pick the right temple style. You can choose a wraparound temple so that the eyewear doesn’t slide down, and they’re great for toddlers. You may also want to use a strap that goes around the head instead.
However, it’s best to use the regular temples if the eyeglasses are meant to be worn only part of the time.
- Check the warranty. Warranties are crucial, since there’s a great likelihood of damage to the frames and lenses. The warranty should also allow for replacement of the lenses when they get badly scratched.
With these tips, you should be able to find kids eyewear that’s comfy to use and cool for children to wear.