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How to Choose Eye Glasses for Your Child

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How do you know if your child needs glasses? 

For very young children who need glasses parents will notice their child may run into things or reach out and grab something not within reach.  You will notice when something is not right. Preschoolers are more verbal by letting you know they can’t read the board at school.  Teachers may move kids to the front of the class.  Schools  are screening kids today but the best advice is to listen to your kids!

There are so many options for choosing the right eyewear for your child that Dr. Susan would like to share with you some ideas to make this transition easier on you and your child. It is similar to buying glasses for adults but with a bit more to think about.

Size: 

The bridge of the eyeglasses is an important part of buying glasses.  You don’t want the fit to be too tight because it will pinch the child’s nose or the fit to be too loose which will cause the glasses to constantly slip from the nose.  This will cause them to not see properly.

Fit around the ear is important.  There are two different types of temples – cable which has a curved earpiece that goes around the entire ear which is great for small children and children with disabilities and standard temples which do not go around the entire ear and are easier to take on and take off. You can also order a strap that will go around the entire perimeter of the head.

Should you buy plastic frames or metal frames?

It used to be that plastic frames were best for children but they are making metal wire glasses just as durable with new types of metals that are lighter and much less expensive.  Also metal frames have nose-pieces that can be fitted on each side of the nose for more comfort. Make sure the glasses have spring hinges for better flexibility.  

Lenses

There are many options with lenses today.  A polycarbonate lens with a scratch-resistant coating is always a good thing.  This will prevent some of the wear and tear on the glasses that children cause.

Having insurance on your child’s glasses might the best option you can do.  Buying two pair of glasses, one for school and one for home, works great for kids who are always forgetting things.  This way you always have an extra pair on hand.

The one big fact that I haven’t mentioned is make sure your child likes them.  Make it fun by trying on all sorts of frames  right there in the optician’s office.  Make a game of it.  Tell your child which frames you like best, but let them pick.

Don’t forget to make sure your child’s glasses stay free of scratches and the lenses are kept clean.  This is very important for younger children.

Ask Dr. Susan