Dr. Jim Martin 10/09/2014

girl-fitted-eyeglasses.jpgIf your child has visited the optometrist and has been given a subscription for glasses, you may be wondering how to go about choosing the right pair. Choosing the right type of glasses can make all the difference in helping your child accept their new glasses. While style should be a consideration, there are some other important factors when it comes to children's glasses.

Features To Consider When Purchasing Eyeglasses For Your Child

Plastic versus Metal Frames -  Plastic frames often give your child a larger variety when it comes to cute and trendy patterns and colors. They offer a frame that can handle an impact and little damage; however, they are not as easy to adjust as their metal counterparts. Metal frames are often lighter on the nose, but color choices are often limited.

Polycarbonate Lenses - Safety is important when it comes to your child and it should be no different with eye glasses. Polycarbonate lenses offer the highest level of impact resistance when it comes to lense choice. Polycarbonate lenses are much thinner and lighter than plastic lenses, making them a great choice for children's small faces.

Cable Temples - Eyeglasses with cable temples follow the curve of the ear, using the ears natural shape to help hold glasses securely in place, this helps the glasses from falling off or slipping. Cable temples are especially beneficial for children four years and younger, as quite often the noses bridge is still flat and can't hold eyeglasses properly.

Sports Goggles - Wearing protective eye wear is important, whether you child wears prescription glasses or not. Sports goggles provide protection and reduce the risk of damage to the eye while your child is playing sports. When you purchase sports goggles, look for polycarbonate lenses with UV protection. You may also want to look for an adjustable band that holds the goggles firmly in place.

The Bridge - When you purchase glasses for your child, make sure the nose pads fit correctly. Too tight and they will pinch your child's nose, possibly causing headaches. Too loose and the eyeglasses will be constantly slipping off your child's face.

When considering which pair of glasses you choose for your child, safety and comfort should be your top priorities. If you feel your child is having vision problems, or you are yet to find the perfect pair of eyeglasses for them, you may want to make an appointment with one of our eye care specialists. Contact Broome Optical today and let us help you find the perfect pair of glasses.

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