Children Love Eyeglasses if You Get the Right Ones
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If you're a parent in search of the right glasses for your children, you probably know that walking into an optical store can be confusing. You'll see plenty of children's eyeglass frames, but that's the problem! How do you figure out which ones your child is willing to wear and which ones will last longer than your ride home?
To begin with, most kids who need eyeglasses are either nearsighted or farsighted. Depending on the degree of visual correction necessary, your optometrist will prescribe glasses for full-time or part-time wear. Some kids will be instructed to take their eyeglasses off for schoolwork, while others need to have them on every waking moment.
Children under the age of 20 are the most susceptible to the damaging effects of UV light. One concern of parents is that their child will scratch, break, or lose the sunglasses; we are here to help you make the best choice for your child.
Are Your Kids' Glasses Cool Looking?
Whether your child is a full-time- or part-time eyeglass wearer, most kids get at least a little teasing about their glasses, especially the first time they wear them. So, it's very important that they avoid frames that make them look nerdy or uncool. Fun colors and patterns make eyeglasses appealing for kids.
Just keep in mind that the real object is to get your child to wear the glasses. Extra enticement may be found in ultra cool features like coatings for their lenses or photochromic lenses with tints that darken outdoors, which may help inspire any child to want to wear glasses.
One of the toughest parts about choosing suitable frames for children is that their noses are not fully developed, so they don't have a bridge to prevent plastic frames from sliding down. Metal frames usually are made with adjustable nose pads, so they fit everyone's bridge.
Most manufacturers recognize this difficulty with plastic frames and make their bridges to fit small noses.
Each frame must be evaluated individually to make sure it fits the bridge. If any gaps exist between the bridge of the frame and the bridge of the nose, the weight of the lenses will cause the glasses to slide, no matter how well the frame seems to fit before the lenses are made.
It is important that the glasses stay in place, because kids tend to look right over the tops of the lenses instead of pushing slipping glasses back up where they belong. As your optician, we know whether a frame fits properly.
Temple Style for Kids Glasses
Wrap-around Temples: Temples that wrap all the way around the back of the ear help keep glasses from sliding down or dropping off your child's face completely. Wraparound temples generally are available on metal frames and are especially helpful to keep glasses in place on toddlers.
Babies and Toddlers: Some frames have nose pads and cable temples that wrap snugly around ears to hold eyeglasses in place.
Head Strap: Another option is a strap that goes around the head.
Part Time Eyeglass Use: Eyeglasses with cable temples and/or straps are not a good choice for part-time eyeglass wearers because they are a bit more difficult to put on and take off. For glasses that go on and off frequently, it is better to have regular, or skull temples that go straight back and then curve gently around the back of the ear.
Spring Hinges for Flexibility
Many of Wohl's patients, both adults and children, prefer spring hinges on the frame temple.. These special hinges allow the temples to flex outward, away from the frames, without causing any damage. Although they sometimes cost a bit more, spring hinges can be a worthwhile investment for children's eye wear.
Kids are not always careful when they put on and take off glasses; spring hinges can help prevent the need for frequent adjustments and costly repairs. They also come in handy if the child falls asleep with the glasses on or just has a rough day at play. Spring hinges are strongly recommended for toddlers, who sometimes get carried away playing with their new glasses.
Once you and your child agree on frames that you both like, the next consideration is the lenses.
Children's lenses should be made of polycarbonate or a material called Trivex because these lightweight materials are significantly more impact-resistant than other lens materials. Not only are they the safest materials, they also are lighter in weight than regular plastic lenses, a nice advantage for strong prescriptions.
Polycarbonate and Trivex have built-in protection against potentially damaging Ultraviolet (UV) rays, and the lenses are scratch-resistant.
The price for polycarbonate lenses generally is comparable to the cost for regular plastic lenses with UV and scratch-resistant coatings. Don't forget that with polycarbonate lenses, kids get that extra margin of safety to protect their eyes. Keep in mind that Trivex lenses may cost a little more than polycarbonate.
The least desirable material for your child's lenses is glass. Although it must be treated for impact resistance, glass still shatters when it breaks, and broken glass — even safety glass — is a hazard to the eye. Glass lenses also are significantly heavier, which makes them less comfortable to wear. If the eyeglasses are heavy on children's faces, experience tells us they will not wear them.
This is when lifestyle comes into consideration. Are your children active in sports or rough in play?
Polycarbonate is such a safe lens material that you may be tempted to let your child play sports in his regular glasses. Here's the drawback: Although polycarbonate is the lens material used for sports eyewear, regular eyeglass frames do not provide enough protection from large objects such as balls and flying elbows. So if your child is involved in sports, a proper sports goggle with polycarbonate lenses will provide the best protection against eye injury. Yes, we carry them for you.
To provide optimum protection, sports goggles must be fitted properly and it really helps to work with an experienced optician before making a purchase. Although it sounds counter-intuitive, a sports goggle should have a larger vertical eye opening, rather than a smaller one. If an impact should occur and the goggles are pushed toward the face, a large eye opening keeps the impact points far above and below the eyes. With a small opening, the goggle hits right at the edge of the eye socket, which can damage the globe of the eye.
Because kids can be tough on their glasses, it's always a good idea to purchase a backup pair of eyeglasses for them. This especially is true if your child has a strong prescription and cannot function without his or her glasses.
Wohl Optics typically has special discounts apply for a second pair of glasses. In some cases, sports goggles can be used as a spare pair of glasses. Or, if your child's prescription has not changed significantly, keep his or her previous eyeglasses in a safe place for use as a spare.
If your child wears glasses full time (including outdoors), photochromic lenses or prescription sunglasses also might be considered to decrease glare, increase visual comfort and provide 100% protection from the harmful UV rays.
It is also possible that we can tint your child's previous glasses to transform them into sunglasses. If the prescription is essentially the same as your child's current glasses, this is a viable option to purchasing a new pair of prescription sunglasses and saving you money. These are all topics to discuss with your Warminister, PA optician Doug Wohl.
Plastic or Metal Frames
Children's frames are made of either plastic or metal. Double bridges are found on boys' frames, while frames with single bridges are either unisex or strictly for girls. Many manufacturers copy adult styles for children's frames. Kids may be attracted to these styles because they look more grown-up. It's not unusual for kids to ask for glasses that look just like their parents eyeglasses.
In the past, plastic frames were a better choice for children because they were considered more durable and less likely to be bent or broken, lighter in weight and less expensive. But now, manufacturers are making metal frames that incorporate these features as well. Metal composition varies, so ask us which one is best for your child, based on experience with different alloys.
If your child has shown sensitivity to certain substances, we can show you some hypoallergenic materials For example, some people are allergic to frame alloys that contain nickel.
Lens Thickness - How Strong is your Child's Prescription?
Your child's eyeglass prescription is always the primary consideration in choosing glasses. Before you start looking for the frames, talk with us about lens considerations. We have been doing this professionally for over 25 years.
If your child's prescription calls for strong lenses that are likely to be thick, it is important to keep the frames as small as possible in order to reduce the final lens thickness. Remember, smaller lenses tend to have fewer higher-order aberrations near the edge of the lens than large lenses of the same material and prescription, so there is less risk of blurred or distorted peripheral vision.
About Wohl Optics Vision Care
Proper eyeglass prescription and fit is vital for your best vision. Veteran owned and operated - best in Bucks County Optical and Optometry eye care practice. Direct, personal consultation with the person who is designing, manufacturing, performing quality assurance and dispensing your eye wear.
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