Children diagnosed with refractive errors are required to use corrective glasses prescribed by a myopia control specialist. These help improve and maintain their vision, which is important for their continuous development throughout their schooling years.
However, the wide variety of eyewear options can be quite overwhelming, making it difficult for you to find the right pair your child will like and will ensure their visual acuity needs are met. In today’s blog post, the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children provides a simple guide to help you in buying children’s eyewear.
Understand Your Children’s Lens Prescription
This is the first and most important thing to consider before you shop for eyewear. Turn to your eye doctor and find out if your child will be wearing a pair of glasses all the time or only when reading. Such details can be your guide in selecting the type of frame material and lens that your child will wear.
Select the Best Eyeglass Frames
Eyeglasses for children are made of either plastic or metal. The various available styles often mimic the frames adults wear. Plastics are still a better choice because of their durability, but metal frames now have such qualities as well thanks to different compositions of the material. Be aware, though, that some may contain substances that are sensitive for children. With this in mind, consider frames with hypoallergenic materials.
Choose the Lens Material
This comes next once you and your kids agree on frames you both like. Lenses for children are made of either polycarbonate or Trivex. The former may cost less than the latter, but both materials are known for their impact and scratch resistance properties. They are also engineered to protect your child’s eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Ask your optometrist for recommendations on which lens material is the right fit.
To find out the best pair of eyeglasses for your children, contact a local eye doctor or myopia control specialist to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.