Selecting the right glasses for your Child
Selecting the right pair.
If your child needs glasses, where do you start? You want them to feel happy in their new eyewear, but you also want to get the most out of your investment. Keeping in mind a few simple tips will give you the confidence to know you’re making an informed choice.
If children like the look of their glasses, they’re more likely to want to wear them. Luckily these days there are plenty of options to choose from. Designs are colourful, creative and quirky so children can have fun expressing their personality. For those ‘mini-me’s’ out there, adult styling is now being translated into children’s sizing.
Comfort and fit
Although children will often prioritise colour and design over comfort, it is fundamental that your child’s new glasses fit correctly. With children’s noses not yet fully developed, each frame needs to be checked for its bridge fit. If they are too large they will slip down and ultimately defeat their intended purpose. That’s where the expertise of our staff is important. Differences in frame and lens materials will also contribute to comfort and fit as explained below.
Children’s frames are commonly made from either plastic or metal. Plastic frames are generally considered to be durable, less likely to bend out of shape and lighter in weight. However, plastic frames are not always as easy to fit on a small child due to moulded nose bridges and solid temples (the arms of the glasses). Metal frames offer the benefit of adjustable nose pads and temples, so they can be fitted and shaped perfectly to any child. Latest metal technology also delivers ultra-light and memory metal frame options.
Fortunately, many designs now incorporate spring hinges which allow the temples to flex outwards without damaging the frames. Tough, flexible materials, such as stainless steel and titanium are also highly durable. Frames incorporating these benefits are great for kids who are hard on their glasses.
Polycarbonate is most commonly recommended for children’s lenses due to its high impact resistance, lightweight qualities and built-in UV protection. Polycarbonate is also thinner than standard plastic lenses, so if a child has a strong prescription, lenses will be lighter and look better improving overall wearability.
Please ask our experienced staff to recommend the most suitable glasses solution for your child.