TIPS FOR Buying Glasses For Children or Teenagers

Finding the right pair of prescription eyeglasses for a child can be quite daunting for a number of reasons and convincing them to keep their glasses on their face, can be a challenge that most parents can relate to. Eye problems in children have become commonplace, with most children who need prescription eyeglasses being diagnosed with nearsightedness or farsightedness, so if your child has difficulty seeing objects at a distance or close up, don’t worry, just be sure to contact your nearest optician for an eye test as soon as you can.
 

Eyeglasses For kids and Teens: What To Look For?

When buying eyeglasses for kids, there are a few things to look out for:

  • Age: younger children may require more durable glasses to withstand damage, while older children and teens may include style as a factor
  • Lifestyle: is your child or teen active? Do they play sports or stay indoors mostly? This can affect the types of lens, frames and protective coatings required.
  • Eye conditions: getting regular eye tests when you’re younger is good practice as some eye conditions can be corrected permanently. Understanding the conditions and getting professional advice and recommendations will help you choose the correct glasses for your child.


After you consider these main issues, you can delve deeper and look at other issues that can determine what eyeglasses work best. You really do need to take into account quite a lot of factors when deciding on the types of glasses you should be getting for your child. Some of these include:

  • Durability: Whether young or old, how durable should your eyeglasses be to last for some time in the hands of an active child or teen. This can mean plastic or metal frames, to anti-scratch coatings for your lenses.
  • Lens thickness: If your child is very young, high index lenses might be essential to make a lightweight pair of eyeglasses for maximum comfort, or to encourage confidence in your teen, a pair of thin lenses is often better looking than a thicker pair.
  • Electronic device usage: If you’re child watches a lot of TV or spends time in front of the computer or mobile phone, it can mean over exposure to blue light. Lenses with blue light protection help reduce the impact of harmful blue light and protect your child or teen’s eyes.

Looking at eye protection from the sun or glare is essential. This is covered more extensively in the next section.
 

Eyeglass Options For Active Children

Active children or teens usually means that they are getting plenty of healthy exercise, and to ensure that their eyeglasses are suitable for their lifestyle and can last beyond a week, here are two useful tips:

  • UV Protection: A UV protective lens coating is important to protect your child’s delicate and still-developing eyes when playing outdoors. Furthermore, overexposure to UV light may contribute to cause visual impairments and retinal damage long term, so prevention and protection from an early age is key.
  • Anti-Scratch Coating: This special coating provides resistance to damage, which is perfect for a small child, who is most likely going to be sitting on their eyeglasses than actually wearing them. Polycarbonate and Tivex are ideal material options, as they are more resistant to impact, have built-in protection against UV rays and are also treated with a scratch-resistant coating.

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