Choosing Glasses Frames for Children
According to statistics, approximately one out of five children need to wear glasses to see accurately. Unfortunately, it can be hard to get children to wear glasses for one of several reasons. Children can find glasses uncomfortable, “uncool” and unstylish, or too fragile for an active life.
Fortunately, there are strong, comfortable, stylish frames now made for children. These glasses not only improve vision, but they also look great. These are some of the things you should look for when buying eyewear frames for your child:
The right fit
A comfortable, correct fit is essential for children’s glasses. The frames should not be too big or too small, too close to the cheekbone and not higher than the eyebrow. The frames should fit the face well, and not be wider than the face itself. One of our fully qualified staff members will help select the correct glasses, as even small fitting errors can lead to much less effective vision correction. Parents should resist any urge to buy glasses that are a bit large for their children to grow into.
It’s also very important that the glasses fit properly on the bridge of the nose. Children have small noses and undeveloped bridges, so the nose support of the glasses needs to fit very well and be comfortable. If the glasses sit on pressure points, they will be very uncomfortable, and it’s unlikely your child will want to wear them. Our experienced staff will be able to assist in ensuring an optimal fit for your child’s eyewear.
Frame materials for children’s glasses need to have three properties - be extremely strong, break resistant and light. The ideal frame will be made out of a flexible material that can be bent about without breaking. This is very important, particularly for very young children. We have a large range of specialised children’s eyewear designed with these specific needs in mind.
Sports can be particularly challenging for children who need to wear glasses. Glasses tend to slip and slide with strong movements. Special sports glasses for children are available that are made entirely out of plastic, with temples that don’t include hinges. These glasses include an elastic strap for the head that helps make sure the glasses stay in place.
Include your child
The most important part of choosing eyewear, is choosing them with your child. Include your child in the choice of glasses, among styles that are suitable. If your child likes the way the glasses look and feel, there is a much better chance that your child will actually wear them. When children wear their glasses they are more successful at everything that they do, both casual activities like sports and games, and learning activities at school.