If your child complains of not being able to see things clearly, and you’ve had his vision checked, what follows is the task of selecting appropriate glasses. We show you how to pick the right pair.
By Ashwin Dewan
Children who need eyeglasses are either nearsighted or farsighted. In the article, '5 must-read tips for choosing glasses for your child', published in kidspot, about one in four children suffer from vision impairment that requires them to wear glasses – either for a short period of time or as a daily part of their lives.
You should choose a well-fitting pair of eyeglasses for your child with the aim of helping her vision develop normally. With the variety of frames available in the market, it can be fun shopping for a pair with your toddler. And, with so much to choose from, your child will eventually find a pair that she will love.
There is no shortage of children’s eyeglass frames. Yet, it would help to remember that choosing a pair will depend on 3 factors: a) How to choose an apt one, b) Your child should be willing to wear them, and c) How to choose one that is sturdy.
Here are some tips to keep in mind while choosing the right glasses for your child so that the process will be enjoyable and learning experience.
The doctor's prescription is the main consideration while choosing glasses. Before choosing the eye frames, consult with the optician. If the prescription calls for strong lenses, which are likely to be thick, the frames should be small to reduce the thickness of the lens.
The choice of material of the lens also matters. Many optometrists will recommend polycarbonate for your child's glasses as it is impact-resistant, lighter than plastic, has built-in UV protection and scratch-resistant. You should avoid getting glass lenses for your child as it can break easily.
Children’s frames are of two kinds – plastic and metal. You should choose a frame based on factors such as durability, weight and affordability. You may think plastic styles are more attractive for children but they may not be durable.
A wrong frame can make your child look odd. Pick a square one for a round face and a round one for an angular face. Also, oversized glasses make a child look bug eyed. Wearing small frames extends the field of vision beyond the lenses resulting in an increase in the prescription power while big frames are heavy and uncomfortable.
One difficulty in selecting glass frames for children is that their noses are yet to develop fully and they don’t have a bridge to prevent plastic frames from sliding down. A tight nose pad will begin to pinch and prevent the glasses from sitting close to your child’s eyes. When it is wide, the frames slip and slide. Ideally, there should be little space between your child’s cheek and the lower rim of the frames.
It is important that glasses stay in place or your child will look over the top of the lens. Metal frames come with adjustable nose pads so they fit comfortably on the bridge of the nose.
While choosing glasses, the temple style should also be taken into consideration. Temples that wrap all the way around the back of the ear help keep glasses from sliding down. These temples, known as cable temples, are generally available on metal frames and are ideal for toddlers.
You should focus on glasses and frames that are light because heavy frames tend to cause headaches or eye fatigue. Titanium frames can be chosen for your child. They are not only light but tough as well.
In the end, you should know that children break or lose their glasses often. Ensure that the glasses that you choose are backed by a good warranty.
Most retailers offer a warranty of some form or the other that includes a free replacement or a slight fee in case the frame or glass is damaged.
So, the next time you go shopping for eye wear for your child, remember these tips and you can be sure of choosing the ideal pair of glasses for your toddler.
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