Selecting the Best Eyeglasses for Your Child

Getting your child used to the idea of wearing glasses can be a challenge. If your child needs corrective eyewear, here are a few things to consider when selecting the right pair of glasses. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Even though corrective lenses will help your child concentrate on her schoolwork and comfortably complete assignments, she might not be thrilled with the prospect of wearing glasses. However, involving your child in the selection process will help her become comfortable with the idea of wearing glasses and even embrace the unique frame styles.

Here are a few tips for choosing a great pair of glasses for your child.

Get the best possible fit.

Once the eye exam has been conducted, you have to select a pair of glasses that provide the best, most secure, and most comfortable fit for your child’s features. Moreover, the glasses have to withstand her normal activities. She might need additional support along the bridge of the nose so that the glasses do not slide down. Flexible spring hinges are also good for children’s glasses, because they can withstand aggressive use.

Find a durable material for the frames.

For children’s glasses, the strongest frame materials are best. Firstly, they tend to be lighter and easier for children to wear. Secondly, they’re strong! They can withstand highly active use and maintain their integrity.

The most widely available glasses frame materials are plastic and metal. Metal frames are very lightweight, and are generally fitted with nose pads, making them more stable and less likely to slip. Plastic frames – acetate in particular – tend to be more popular with children because they are available in a wide variety of vibrant colors. Kids love that their glasses can match or highlight their unique personalities.

Start the selection process by having your child select frames in your child’s favorite colors.

This helps make the selection process more efficient. Once you have a selection of frames in one or two colors, you can choose styles – round, cats-eye, square, etc. – that are the most complementary to your child’s features.

Select the right lens material.

Like frame materials, lens materials should be strong and durable enough to withstand your child’s activities. Impact-resistant materials, such as polycarbonate, are a good choice.

Additionally, because kids are spending significant chunks of time in front of various screens, it’s important to integrate blue light filters to make sure their eyes do not become fatigued.

OptiExpress offers an excellent selection of frame styles and materials for children and adults. Stop by our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral eye care centers and browse our collection of designer eyewear today!

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington was voted one of South Florida’s top eye care specialists by the residents of Cape Coral. To book an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral eye care center, please visit our contact page.