If your doctor has told you that your child needs eyeglasses, he or she will decide the strength and type of lens, and then your child gets to pick out the type of frames they want. There will likely be many to choose from and this may be a difficult decision. Below is some information about different types of lenses your doctor may subscribe, as well as tips to choose the right eyeglass frames.
Best Lenses for Children
Two types of lenses that work well for children are polycarbonate lenses and Trivex lenses. Both of these lenses are scratch resistant and impact resistant, which means if your child plays sports and are hit in the facial area, or they are dropped on a hard surface, they will not break as easily. The only difference between the two are Trivex lenses are a little lighter than polycarbonate, because they are made with a lighter weight plastic.
Your child may worry about being teased from wearing glasses, so let them choose frames they think will make them look cool. For example, they may want to choose red or white frames instead of brown or black.
You will find frames that are made from metal or plastic. Plastic is durable and less likely to be broken or bent, and may be less expensive. Metal frames, however, are becoming more and more durable. If your child chooses metal, talk with the optician about the type best for them.
You can also choose frames that are made of hypoallergenic materials if your child is sensitive to different types of materials. For example, they may be allergic to frames that contain nickel.
Frames That Fit
One of the hardest things about choosing frames for your child is that they fit well. This can be difficult, as their nose bridge is not fully developed so the glasses may slide down on their nose. If they choose metal frames, the manufacturer can put nose pads on them that you can adjust to fit your child. If you choose plastic frames, make sure there are no gaps between your child's nose and the frame. You do not want your child to constantly have to push their glasses up, so ask the optician to make sure your child's frames fit properly.
It is important that the glasses fit well around the ears. They make styles that will wrap further around their ears to keep them from falling off their face or sliding down. (For more information, you can contact Vision Eyeland Super Optical LLC)