Finding the perfect pair of kids’ glasses can be both a challenging and fun-filled experience. If this is your first time buying kid-friendly glasses, chances are you feel overwhelmed and anxious at the very idea of walking into an optical store. The good news is that there is no shortage of kids’ eyeglass frames here at First Eye Care DFW, so you definitely won’t leave empty-handed! That being said, there are a few different considerations to keep in mind when shopping for glasses for your kiddo. You must first figure out what type of frames your child will be willing to wear, and how durable they need to be, as you want them to last longer than the car ride home! Today we are going to go over some of our top tips for choosing kid-friendly glasses in an attempt to ease your mind about embarking on this type of shopping adventure. If you have any questions or would like to bring your child in to be fitted, please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a pediatric eye exam and fitting.
Top Considerations for Kids’ Eyeglasses
As you’ve likely noticed if you’ve done any shopping for kids’ eyeglasses before, there are tons of different styles and colors of frames to choose from. This is the fun part for your kids! We encourage you to include your child in the process, as they will be much more likely to wear glasses that he or she had a hand in selecting. Here are a few of our top considerations to keep in mind when selecting eyeglasses for your child:
- Lens thickness and material – When it comes to kid-friendly eyeglasses, one of the first things to keep in mind is the material and thickness of the lens. Let’s face it – kids can be hard on their glasses and the last thing you want is to have to replace them after only a few wears. The majority of kids’ eyeglasses are made of polycarbonate, which is an impact-resistant material that will not shatter on impact. Polycarbonate glasses are ideal for kids because they help reduce the chance of eye injuries. This material is also thinner and lighter in weight, helping with the cosmetic appearance.
- Scratch-resistant coatings – Another thing to look for with kids’ glasses is scratch-resistant coatings. While most basic lenses do have some resistant coating, we often recommend upgrading to scratch-resistant coating to protect the longevity of the lenses, in turn saving you money.
- To tint, or not to tint – Lens tints are another feature you will need to make a decision about when buying kid-friendly glasses. We often recommended some degree of tinting for children who need to wear their glasses all the time. This is also a great way to avoid having to buy a pair of prescription sunglasses for your kiddo. Tint technology has come a long way over the years, today automatically darkening when outside and getting lighter when back inside.
- Nose pads – Opting for eyeglasses with silicone nose pads are a great option, as they are much softer and more comfortable on your kiddo’s face. Nose pads also help prevent slipping, ensuring the glasses stay in place no matter what your child is doing.
To learn more about our selection of kids’ eyeglasses, either stop by First Eye Care DFW today or call us to schedule an appointment. We are here to answer any questions you may have and help you find the right pair of glasses for your child’s needs.