Glasses for Kids

Purchasing your child’s first pair of glasses can be a daunting task. Not only do your child’s glasses need to be comfortable, but they also need to be durable enough to withstand days at the playground, weekend sports, and frequent drops. Luckily, eyeglass companies have put a lot of effort into developing eyeglasses specifically for children’s lifestyles and interests.

What to Look for in Children’s Eyewear

Children’s eyewear first and foremost has to be durable. Because of this, frame materials that are flexible, durable, and lightweight are very popular among parents. Typical materials include high strength plastics, and high strength composite metals. Durable scratch resistant lenses are important not only for longevity, but also for safety in case the lenses were to break. For children who are involved with athletics, ¬†purchasing a separate pair of sport eyeglasses is easy an easy and affordable way to protect their eyes while staying active. Sport glasses are highly durable, and made not to fall off while running, jumping, and throwing. Children’s eyeglasses should all feature a spring hinge, which functions to prevent wear and tear on hinges while also giving more durability when dropped and bent.

Popular Types of Children’s glasses

While kid-themed eyeglasses are popular, many children prefer their eyeglasses to be more traditional in appearance, and prefer to follow adult fashions for eyewear. Many eyeglass brands manufacture child-specific designer eyeglass lines, which often function as scaled models of their adult product line. These types of glasses are more popular among tweens and older children who are increasingly fashion and trend savvy. For younger children, themed glasses are a fun way to show off their personality and interests, and can range from Sponge-Bob themed glasses to extreme sport glasses.

Purchasing prescription sunglasses for children is becoming more popular as well, and the UV protection can protect your child’s eyes when they’re out in the sun. Sunglasses may not be super popular among kids, but children spend more time outdoors than adults, and protecting their eyes from UV rays can prevent your child’s eyesight from worsening. Similarly, photochromatic lens types that change from “normal” eyeglasses to shaded sunglasses are great for children, and are an effort-free way to protect your child’s eyes.

What to Expect from Children’s Eyeglasses

While most children take good care of their eyeglasses, it’s not uncommon to have to replace their eyeglasses a few times as they grow older. Lost eyeglasses, broken glasses, changes in prescription strength, changes in children’s fashion trends, or your child simply outgrowing their glasses all are reasons why you’ll likely have to replace your child’s glasses. While not all children’s glasses are inexpensive, on the whole, children’s glasses are more affordable than their adult counterparts.

Many children may not want to wear eyeglasses for many various reasons. While vision correction may not be critical for all these children, for those who depend on proper vision at all times, researching children’s contacts may be beneficial. For kids who aren’t highly dependent on vision correction, children’s reading glasses are popular for when they’re working on homework, reading, taking tests, or working on arts and crafts.


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