Hey, Four Eyes!
Being teased for turning up in class wearing glasses is a common occurrence for many children. If your child is facing the prospect of wearing glasses, he or she may resist the idea for this very reason. However, if your child’s vision requires correction, and he or she is too young for contact lenses, eyeglasses are the only option.
When your child grows older, you may opt to allow him or her to wear contact lenses, especially if you are able to save money by obtaining your child’s lenses from an online supplier. In the meantime, you can keep the teasing factor down to a minimum by selecting frames that your child actually likes. By following a few guidelines, your child will have the vision correction he or she needs – and you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your child is actually wearing the glasses.
Lens Thickness and Comfort
Of course, you want your child to be happy with the frames for his or her eyeglasses. However, from the perspective of improving your child’s vision, the lenses are the most important feature of a pair of glasses. If your child needs a strong prescription, choose a smaller frame to minimize the overall weight and thickness of the lenses. This will keep the glasses from being too heavy, and will also minimize distortion along the edges of the lenses, reducing the risk of distortion or blurring of your child’s peripheral vision.
The Coolness Factor
Once upon a time, a child who wore glasses was immediately labeled as a nerd or a geek. None of the cool kids wore glasses. Much of the blame was due to the very limited selection of frame styles available: wire frames, black plastic frames and tortoiseshell frames. Cat-eye frames represented the height of fashion.
These days, your child does not have to settle for nerd glasses – unless he or she wants them. The nerd look is one of several cool-looking frames from which your child can choose. Thanks to innovations in lens materials and construction, it is possible to accommodate lenses to address a wider variety of vision conditions without resorting to thick Coke-bottle lenses. Cool features such as photochromic lenses that darken and lighten in response to outdoor or indoor conditions may also reassure your child that he or she will continue to be cool at school.
Materials and Construction
While it is possible to teach your child to be responsible about caring for his or her new glasses, you don’t want to cramp your child’s style. Choose polycarbonate lenses which are not only lightweight, but crack and shatter resistant, so that your child doesn’t have to sit on the sidelines while his or her friends are having fun.
If your child will have to wear glasses during all or most of his or her waking hours, wraparound temples, also called cable temples can be attached to metal frames. Cable temples can be especially helpful in preventing toddlers from losing their glasses. Consider having your child’s glasses fitted with spring hinges. They do cost more, but their flexibility will make them less likely to break, which is a bonus when you’re dealing with an active child who may not always be careful about handling his or her frames.