Dr. Jim Martin 08/10/2015

2359947_orig.pngAs a parent seeking out the righteyewear for your kids, you probably already know how difficult a task this can be. With a wide variety of options, it can be hard to choose. Consider the following factors to make sure that you are choosing the right eyewear options for your child.

Lens Thickness

Ask the optician about the lens thickness before picking out frames. Stronger prescription lenses will likely be thicker. Choosing a smaller frame for strong lenses can help to reduce the thickness of the final lens. In addition, smaller lenses are less likely to have aberrations near their edges. These aberrations can result in distorted peripheral vision.

Plastic or Metal Frames?

Most frames for children's glasses are made with either plastic or metal. Plastic was the material of choice for children in the past as it was viewed as more durable, lighter and cheaper. In recent years, manufacturers have been making metal glasses with these qualities as well. Ask your optician about the right metal for your child as various different alloys are used to make frames. If your child is allergic to certain substances, ask about hypoallergenic materials.

Check Bridge Fit

Because the noses of young children are not fully developed, it can be difficult to choose frames for them. The result is that there is a tendency for glasses with plastic frames to slide down. In order to solve this problem, manufacturers of plastic frames usually make them to fit small noses. It is important that frames are examined closely to make sure they fit the bridge. If there are any gaps, the glasses will slip and kids may start looking over the tops of the lenses rather than push the glasses back up. The ABO certified-opticians at Broome Optical are trained to select eyewear that fits and performs well.

Contact Lenses

If your child grows tired of wearing glasses, or they keep them from participating in certain activities, the doctors at Broome Optical can help you to decide if they are ready for contacts. If your child is mature enough to handle the responsibility of taking care of their contacts, they may be ready to wear them.

Take your child's eye health and overall quality of life seriously. Make a back-to-school appointment with Broome Optical now.

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