Choosing a pair of glasses for your child — with all the choices of styles and materials this entails — can feel overwhelming for parents.
Which frame style will make your child feel the most comfortable and confident? How durable will the lenses be? Is there a practical difference between plastic and metal frames?
There’s much to consider, and we can help. Here are our top 6 tips for finding a pair of glasses your child will love.
1. Frame Material
Most children’s eyeglass frames are made of either plastic or metal. Several years ago, the go-to frame material for kids was plastic because it’s durable, lightweight and less likely to bend out of shape.
But recently, manufacturers have developed metal frames for children that have comparable qualities to plastic frames.
Keep in mind any sensitivities your child may have. Some children are allergic to certain metals in the frames.
2. Frame Style
Your child will be most willing to wear a pair of glasses that make them feel confident. Allow your child to choose their frames, even if they aren’t what you had in mind.
3. Lens Material
Most parents choose polycarbonate or Trivex lenses for their child’s glasses because they are impact-resistant and durable. These lenses are also lighter than standard lenses, which make them more comfortable on smaller faces.
Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses also contain UV-protection and scratch resistant coatings.
Avoid choosing lenses made of glass, as they’re much more prone to breaking than plastic or other lenses.
4. Bridge Fit
Your child’s glasses should sit firmly on the bridge of their nose to prevent them from sliding off. Because kids’ noses are small, there isn’t much bridge to work with. That’s why some children find metal frames with adjustable nose pieces to be more comfortable.
Your optometrist will help determine if the frames you chose sit correctly on the nose bridge or if they need adjusting.
5. Temple Style
Wraparound temples are a popular choice among younger children and toddlers and help to keep the glasses in place. They extend over and around the ear for a firm and comfortable hold.
Another option is to wear an elastic band around the head that attaches to the back of the frame’s temples.
6. A Backup Pair
Accidents happen, and your child’s glasses may become damaged or misplaced. If and when that happens, you’ll be happy that you purchased a second pair of glasses as a backup.
Whether your child needs glasses for the first time or a backup pair, we can happily assist.
At Browz Eyeware in Calgary, we offer pediatric eye exams and a wide variety of stylish kids’ eyewear so your child will walk out of our practice with glasses they love.
To schedule your child’s eye exam or to purchase a new pair of glasses, contact Browz Eyeware in Calgary today!
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