When it has been determined that your child needs to wear corrective eyeglasses, it is important that you choose the right frames and lenses. Children are much rougher on glasses, breaking and losing them on a fairly regular basis. While your child may want to have glasses similar to yours or an older sibling's, this may not be the best option.
Here are a few things you should consider when helping them pick out their eyewear.
To avoid having to replace the glasses frequently due to breakage, plastic and a material known as TR90 are the best options. They are not only durable but can be especially important if the lenses will be on the thicker side. Wire frames are easily bent, and any thick lenses will stick out beyond the wire.
A child's nose is not fully developed and may not be formed enough to help keep the glasses in place. One option to minimize slippage is to have the lenses custom made to fit your child's face. The other option is to have nose pads inserted. These can be pads stuck to the nose bridge that can be easily replaced as they wear out, or you can have adjustable pieces put in that are similar to what is found in metal frames.
The temples on eyeglasses are the pieces that go around the ears to hold the glasses in place. Generally, they sit over the top of the ear and bend down a bit behind the ear. Cable temples wrap around the back of the ear, making it hard for the glasses to simply fall off your child's face.
Although glass is harder to scratch, you should not have lenses made of glass in your child's eyewear. Instead, opt for polycarbonate lenses. This material is lighter and stronger than glass or plastic lenses. In addition, they are impact-resistant and have a scratch-resistant coating. Finally, these lenses are made with protection against the sun's UV rays.
Children often pull the arms of the glasses away from their faces to put them on and take them off. This can result in the arms breaking off the frames. You can minimize this by having spring hinges hold the arms to the frame. The springs allow for the arms to be pulled back a bit. While they will not fold backward, they can be pulled far enough to easily come off the face.
You want your child to be able to see properly. However, you do not want to have to keep buying new children's eyeglasses. Take the time to pick out a pair designed with children in mind and you won't have to worry about a new frame for a while.
To learn more about choosing the right glasses, talk to a company like Children's Glasses.