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Posted on 02-15-2017

If you’re a parent who left the eye doctor with a prescription for your kid this year, then you might be anticipating the transition! 
Getting eyeglasses for the first time can be a big step for a young person, and as a parent, it’s important to find glasses that a) your child will want to wear; and b) that will last longer than the car ride home.  
To help your kid feel cool and capable in their new specs, here are 5 things to consider when choosing the right pair.

1. Lens Material and Thickness

Choose polycarbonate or Trivex, not glass.

Children's glasses are rarely made of glass because as we all know, glass shatters when it breaks and this is hazardous to the eye. Materials like polycarbonate and Trivex have greater impact-resistant and are much lighter than regular plastic lenses, which makes eyewear more comfortable — especially for strong prescriptions.

If the prescription calls for strong lenses that are likely to be thick, it is important to keep the frames as small as possible to reduce the final lens thickness. Also, 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.

2. Plastic or Metal?

Children's frames are made of either plastic or metal. In the past, plastic was considered more durable but now, metal frames are made with similar sturdy features. If your child has shown sensitivity to particular materials, consider features like metal or hypoallergenic compositions.  Some kids want a pair of glasses like mom’s or dad’s and for this many manufacturers have mimicked a unisex eyeglass frames designed for adults for a grown-up look.

3. Proper Fit

One of the biggest challenges for finding frames is making sure they fit. In childhood, their noses are not fully developed so they often lack the bridge to hold frames in place. However, metal frames usually have adjustable nose pads and plastic frames can have smaller nose pieces for children.

Additionally, children aren't always the most careful when removing their glasses and spring hinges help prevent the need for adjustments and frequent repair. They come in handy for children who fall asleep still wearing their glasses, and they are most ideal for toddlers. These special hinges allow the temples to flex outward, away from the frames, without causing any damage.

4. Backup Pair

Because children can be tough on their eyewear, it's a good idea to secure a backup pair of eyeglasses, especially if your child has a strong prescription. 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.

5. Fashion Forward

Obviously, you want to take into consideration what styles and colors your child is drawn to.  Celebrate their opinions and show excitement for their unique preferences. It’s true, sometimes glasses get a bad rep and can make a child look “uncool.” But we know that what’s cool is the wearer loving their new look. Use this wonderful opportunity to empower your child.

Consider these steps when getting your kids glasses for the first time. Even better, let Wolflin Vision help you find the perfect pair. Call us at (806) 358-2205, and we'll have some fun! 

Source: All About Vision

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