Eight Things To Remember While Buying Glasses For Your Child
Now that you’ve realized your child needs prescription glasses or 0 power computer glasses (thanks to online school) the next step is making sure you buy just the right pair of eyeglasses. But walking into a store or browsing online can be a daunting task thanks to myriad options out there. So where do you begin? Thing is there’s no shortage of children’s eyeglasses. The problem is figuring out which ones your kid is willing to wear, and even if they’ll survive the first day at school?
Check out the eight tips to help you choose glasses your child will love to wear.
How Thick Should The Lenses Be?
If your child needs prescription glasses to correct his/her vision, then the eyeglass prescription is the first step towards choosing the right glasses. Before looking for frames, have a chat with the optician about the lenses appropriate for your child. If the correction number is fairly high, then the lenses are likely to be thick. In such cases avoid large frames because they will only further increase the thickness of the lenses. Also, smaller lenses tend to have fewer higher-order deviations near the edge of the lens than large lenses of the same material and prescription, so there is less risk of blurred peripheral vision.
Choose An Attractive, Age-Appropriate Style
It’s always a bit of a struggle to make your child feel confident about wearing glasses. Make them part of the decision process. Luckily now there is such a wide variety of shapes, colors and finishes to pick from. If your child has a favorite super hero, pick a style that resembles him/her the most. Also features like photochromic lenses that darken automatically in sunlight or while outdoors could inspire your child to want to wear glasses. Lenskart has a wide variety for various age groups, and many options that even come with straps to keep them in place if your young one likes running around the garden. Here are some of our top choices: Lenskart Junior Air Flex LKJ E10006-C1, Vincent Chase Kids Owlers VC E11658-C5, Vincent Chase Additional Clips on VC S11328 -C4 Eyeglasses and Lenskart Junior Owlers LKJ E10031-C1.
Plastic Or Metal?
Most children’s frames are made of either plastic or metal, with many styles that intentionally mimic unisex eyeglass frames meant for adults. The reason is that children are usually attracted to these styles because they look more grown-up. You would imagine that plastic frames are the more reliable choice for kids given that it’s a far more durable material, lightweight and less likely to bend or break. In fact, there’s a whole range of new designs available now made of super soft, hypoallergenic material that won’t cause rashes or marks on skin. Check out Lenskart Junior LKJ E10043-C1 and Lenskart Junior LKJ E10038CE-C3 that come in a rainbow array of colors your child will love.
Then there are stylish, light and malleable metal frames. Ideally these are recommended for slightly older kids. We specially love Lenskart Junior Metal Flex LKJ E10012-C2 made from stainless steel in a lovely blue with rubber temples to ensure a firm grip. Another favorite with girls aged 8-12 years is Lenskart Junior Metal Flex LKJ E10007-C2, a pastel pink and lilac dual colored pair with similar features. Metal compositions vary, so ask your optician which one is best for your child. Typically, children’s frames are made from hypoallergenic material but if your child is prone to allergies, stick to the acetate variety.
A Proper Bridge Fit
One of the challenges of finding the perfect pair for your young ones comes from the fact that their noses are not fully developed, so they don’t have a well-defined bridge. Result: plastic frames tend to keep sliding on. Metal frames, however, usually have adjustable nose pads to sit properly on the nose. However, even plastic frames for kids are specially designed to fit small noses but you still need to evaluate the pair to ensure it sits comfortably on the bridge. Any gap between the bridge of the frame and the bridge of the nose will mean the glasses will keep sliding off because of the weight of the lenses.
Finding The Right Temple Style
Depending on the age of your child, you could opt for a style that has temples that wrap all the way around the back of the ear help keep them from sliding down or dropping off a child’s face completely. For babies and toddlers, there is an expendable design that wraps snugly around the ears to hold eyeglasses in place. Check out Green Blue Full Rim Rectangle Kids (2 yrs) Lenskart Junior Owlers LKJ E10056-C3 and Black Red Full Rim Round Kids (2 yrs) Lenskart Junior LKJ E10037-C2. These wraparound temples, also called cable temples, are very helpful to keep glasses in place on toddlers. Another option is adding an elastic strap to the end of the temples that go around the head and keep the glasses in place.
Look For Spring Hinges
A feature that’s particularly useful in kids’ eyewear is spring hinges at the temple that allow the temples to flex outward, away from the frames without causing distortions or damage. If you’re wondering why it’s because like adults—most kids—aren’t particularly careful while putting on and taking off glasses. Wrenching off glasses with one hand can un-balance or even break frames, and spring hinges prevent the need for frequent adjustments and replacements. Check out the hinge in Blue-Block Kids Computer Glasses: Blue Grey Transparent Full Rim Round Kids (8 yrs) Lenskart Junior Owlers LKJ E10049-C1 that allows flexible bending while removing glasses.
The Lens Material
Ideally, kids’ lenses should be made of polycarbonates because they much more impact-resistant than other lens materials for added safety. These are also significantly lighter than regular plastic lenses, which makes them more comfortable, especially of your child needs corrective prescription glasses. This material also has built-in protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays, and the lenses are scratch-resistant. If you need to pay extra, it’s a good idea to get a blue light protective coating, anti-glare and scratch resistant coatings added to their lenses to both protect their eyes and increase the longevity of their lenses. It’s a good idea to avoid choosing glass lenses for children’s eyeglasses because they are heavier and can break easily.