What kind of glasses are right for your child?
Glasses for children are not to be considered as small versions of adult glasses. The cheeks and noses of adults are of different proportion than children’s and spectacle frames need to take these differences into account if they are to fit properly. An experienced optician will be able to assist in picking a frame to suit these needs.
A child is more likely to wear her or his glasses if the glasses fit properly and are comfortable.
Since your child is undergoing a period of rapid growth, a frame that does not fit properly can alter developing bones, and may cause breathing problems. It can even create more damage to the vision – which was what it was supposed to correct in the first place!
Do not expect a child to grow into a specific pair of glasses. As he or she grows, the cheeks and nose will change in prominence and shape. Glasses which are a little too big may cause inadequate vision, discomfort, and the frame may slide down the nose. By the time the child grows into the frame, the frame will not fit any longer due to change in the facial features.
Active children who play or exercise often, will be tough when using their glasses. So you need to look for good quality plastic or metal frames that have flexible spring-based hinges.
Lenses that are made from polycarbonate material are highly recommended. Polycarbonate is a very strong form of plastic. Regular glass or plastic lenses can get shattered causing lacerations in delicate tissues of the eyes. Polycarbonate lenses are more resistant towards shatters and so they are much safer. Any lens may get scratches on it when not cared for properly. It is also a good idea to get warranties on lenses. The eyes of children cannot be replaced – but spectacle lenses can be.