Wearing glasses for the first time can be daunting and there can be worries at the beginning. Eyewear is such an important addition to a child’s appearance and it is essential to choose frames that make each child feel good. Let your child choose something they can enjoy and feel comfortable wearing.
There are many frames that reflect adult designs as well as more playful and fun styles. Take the opportunity to try different things on and see how they look and feel.
Children’s faces are different from adults, they have smaller noses and the distance from the front of the face to the ear is shorter. Suitable glasses will have built up nose bridges to help the glasses sit up high so the lenses cover the entire eye area correctly. Short temples (arms of the glasses) will hold the frame in place. Ill-fitting glasses will slide down the nose and your child may get into a habit of “peeking over” the glasses, not what you want at all. Discomfort may also occur in this case, with sore areas appearing around the ear and nose: or your child might complain and say the glasses feel too ‘tight’. Find something with spring (flex) hinges, these will also be far more robust.
Glasses for babies are also very different with special consideration given to safety. It is also important there is an option such as a headband to help the glasses stay on and that the coverage of the lens around the eye is large enough to ensure the child looks through the lenses and not around them. They may look too big compared to some slim adult styles but do remember the aim is to ensure your baby will be using their glasses properly and in the most beneficial way for them.
There is a choice or metal or plastic frames. Plastics have become extremely popular as the designs can be very innovative and the material is very durable and safe. Ensure you choose quality acetate that looks and feels good and sustains its glossy, polished finish. Acetate can be layered, decorated with prints and it is very attractive when two colours are combined in one design, so do take some time to explore what’s available. Also, don’t forget about the inside of the frame! There are some frames that are colourful and interesting on the inside as well as the outside, making the design unique and special for the child.
Flex hinges are really important as they are much stronger than conventional hinges. It really helps to have a flex hinge in those moments when the glasses get pulled off in a hurry. These hinges are definitely more robust for the playground!
Always check the manufacturer’s warranty and the information about returns and breakages? Would your opticians deal with the enquiry or would you need to go back to the manufacturer? Usually, if you have purchased from the optician, they generally will help fix or replace the frame. Do check the period of the warranty, only a few brands will offer more than 12 months cover.