Buying eyeglasses for children can be a real adventure, but these six easy tips can make some blurry decisions clear. If your child starts complaining about having trouble seeing clearly, it’s time to give Peepers Optical a call.
One in four children in the United States will experience vision problems before they finish high school. 80 percent of what a child learns is through their eyes.
In 2016, among both girls and boys, children aged 14–17 years were most likely to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, and children aged 6–9 years were least likely to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Children’s eye care and kids’ eyewear choices depend on the age of the child, kids’ lifestyles and activities and the insurance available that can reduce the cost of the exam and the eyewear purchase.
What should you look for when buying your child a pair of glasses? In short style, safety, comfort, durability, non-slip options, and function.
Not all frame styles will look good on every face because of the different face shapes we all possess. Squarish frames work better for rounder faces; round shaped frames work better for angular faces.
When it comes to size, it is better to opt for smaller frames rather than larger frames. Over-sized glasses can make a kid look bug-eyed.
Polycarbonate lenses are the most impact-resistant. An anti-reflective coating may add a little to the cost on the front end, but results in sharper vision by letting more light hit the retina.
A too-tight nose pad will pinch and prevent the glasses from sitting close enough to your child’s eyes. When it’s too wide, the frames slip and slide. You’ll know it’s right when there’s very little space between your child’s cheek and the lower rim of the frames.
Plastic styles can offer you more shapes and colors to consider, but can make the fit challenging. Metal is easy to adjust. Look for flexible titanium and spring hinges, which bend without breaking as easily.
For a child under 3, go for a silicone-covered, wrap-around earpiece to help avoid the glasses slipping off the nose or falling off during activities. For a baby, consider a soft strap that fits around the back of the head.
When picking out frames, consider when they will be worn to help you determine the style to choose. Is your child wearing these only for reading, for recreation, all the time? A member of our Peepers Optical staff can help you narrow down your selections to get the perfect pair.
Nowadays, kids’ eye wear comes in a wide array of styles to complement every child’s individual taste. We welcome you to visit Peepers Optical with your kids to check out our high-fashion/high-quality frames. We guarantee this will be a fun shopping experience for you and your child. Contact Peepers Optical today at: (303) 333-2800 to make an appointment for a eyeglasses consultation.