So you have visited the optician and discovered that your child needs to have eyeglasses to improve their vision. Kids Glasses do not come cheap and therefore you want choose the right pair first time in order to minimize any future costs. Your optician should be able to help you choose the right type of glasses for your child, but you can use this article to become a bit more informed in the process of purchasing sunglasses for them.
Your optician will first decide what type of vision impairment that your child has. They can either be near-sighted or far-sighted. This will dictate exactly when your child needs to be wearing glasses. Some may only need for reading, whilst others will have to wear them permanently. The next thing that your optician will inform you of is the strength of lens that is required, generally the poorer the eyesight, the stronger the lens. Stronger lenses are thick, and therefore will need a thinner frame in order to balance it out. Your glasses salesmen should be able to help with this.
The next stage is choosing the frames of your glasses. I really do suggest getting your child involved in this process. Your child will be the one wearing the glasses, and it is generally a big change for them. Allow them to choose something that they would be comfortable in wearing. Do set limits however, give them a budget to work with. I feel that this is the most important stage, a lot of children get bullied at school when they wear glasses and the child needs to feel as comfortable as possible in their glasses to stop them giving up. As mentioned before, if you have thicker lenses then I suggest going for thinner frames.
At the same point as choosing the frames you will need to work out whether you need plastic or metal frames. Generally plastic frames are better for a child as they are much more durable, and also cheaper to replace. You may be able to find some metal glasses with the same properties however, so take a look at those.
The next stage is making sure the glasses fit your child. Children’s glasses are specially made to stop the glasses sliding down your children’s nose, as the bridge hasn’t been fully developed yet. The only way to do this is by getting your child to try on the glasses and seeing whether they are a good fit or not.
One key tip I can give is do not get a children’s glasses which use a glass lens, these are prone to shattering and can seriously damage your children’s eyes if this happens. I suggest finding ones that are made of polycarbonate, they are very difficult to break and can also protect against UV rays, therefore doubling as sunglasses in some situations.
If you choose your Kids Eyeglasses correctly not only will you be saving yourself money in the long run, but you will also be helping your child feel much more comfortable in their glasses. It really isn’t easy having to adapt to wearing glasses and every little you can do to make this change easier will help, following the tips outlined above will be the best way to do this.