With more and more kids wearing glasses for a wide variety of reasons, there are an increasing number of options available. While this is a good thing, it can also make the process of choosing glasses for your child a bit more daunting. The guide provided below explains all that you need to know to make it an enjoyable experience.
Once you know, through consultation with our opticians, what prescription your child needs and what sort of vision issue the glasses are meant to correct, you can then start to determine what exactly you should buy.
If your child is very active in sports, it might be wise to invest in prescription sports goggles. These are much more stable during intense activity, in addition to being more durable. They must also be properly fitted, so consult your optician before purchasing.
Sunglasses are also highly recommended for children to wear, as they spend more time outdoors than adults, and are more at risk from UV rays. If you expect your child to spend a great deal of time outdoors, and especially if they require a strong prescription, consider purchasing prescription sunglasses.
Contact lenses can be an alternative to glasses for children. They are much less noticeable, and function well both while sitting in class or playing sports. However, they can be difficult for children, especially younger children, to put in, so keep that in mind.
While glasses these days are quite durable, children are very good at finding ways to break things. So it might be a good idea to inquire about warranties for the glasses you purchase for them, and to pick up a backup pair--just in case. Your optician will be able to provide additional details about warranty policies and potential discounts for purchasing additional pairs of glasses.
Children can be apprehensive about anything new. Making an effort to keep the glasses-purchasing process fun for them will make them more open to the idea, and might even get them excited to start wearing them. Remember, just because this is being done for their health, doesn’t mean it needs to be treated clinically or like something is wrong with them. And, of course, if your child is in better spirits throughout this process, it’ll be less stressful for you as well!
Choosing the right glasses is important from a medical perspective, but your child also needs to feel happy with the choice. Our staff has extensive experience helping children find glasses they love; make an appointment today.