Kids aren’t always careful when they put on and take off glasses, they can fall asleep with their glasses on and more often than not can get involved in rough play causing damage to their frames!
A useful feature to look spring hinges on the sides of glasses. These allow the sides of glasses to flex outwards, away from the frames, without causing any damage. Spring hinges can also help prevent the need for frequent adjustments and costly repairs.
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 trivex. These materials are significantly more impact-resistant than other lens materials for added safety.
Polycarbonate and trivex lenses also are significantly lighter than regular plastic lenses, which makes the glasses more comfortable — especially for strong prescriptions.
And polycarbonate and Trivex lenses have built-in protection against potentially damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, and the lenses are scratch-resistant coated.
Avoid choosing glass lenses for children’s spectacles. Although they are very scratch resistant, glass lenses are very heavy and can break relatively easily (compared with polycarbonate or Trivex lenses).
Also check that your child’s eyes are close to the centre of the lens. Your optician or optical assistant will advise and check this when trying on.
Regular frames do not provide enough protection from large objects such as balls, elbows and fists! So if your child is involved in sports, a proper sports goggle with polycarbonate lenses will provide the best protection against eye injury.
To provide optimum protection, sports goggles must be fitted properly – so consult your optician before buying them. Swimming goggles fitted with your child’s prescription are also worth considering.
Check to see if your lenses have a warranty if the lenses become badly scratched from normal wear.
Keep a second pair
Because children can be tough on their glasses, it’s a good idea to purchase a second pair for them especially if your child has a strong prescription and cannot function without his or her glasses. Keep an eye out for special offers on a second pair. Special offers are often available if a second pair of glasses or sunglasses is purchased at the same time as the first pair.
Don’t forget that contact lenses can also be a great option for your child. Contacts can be worn full-time or as a substitute for glasses and there is no minimum age as long as your child feels they are ready to give them a go.
It is important for children to wear sunglasses from a young age to protect their eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation and blue light (also called high-energy visible, or HEV, light). Many experts say that long term exposure to harmful rays can cause a multiple eye problems, including cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.
Many inexpensive children’s sunglasses provide excellent UV protection. This is especially true if they include polycarbonate lenses, because the polycarbonate lens material blocks 100 percent of UV rays without the need for added lens filters or coatings.
But cheap sunglasses for kids can pose other problems. Occasionally, brands of cheap sunglasses for children can include an unacceptable level of lead. And cheap children’s sunglasses often are not as durable as high-quality sunglasses for children. To get the best quality children’s eyewear with the best warranty ask your optician.