Tips for Buying Kids' Eyewear
Here are things to consider when purchasing eyeglasses for children:
1. Lens Thickness - The primary consideration in choosing glasses is always the prescription. If the prescription calls for strong lenses that are likely to be thick, it is important to keep the frames as small as possible to reduce the final lens thickness.
2. Frame Choice - Children can be made to feel more comfortable about wearing glasses when they are allowed to play a large part in choosing their own frames. Try to keep in mind that the real object is to get your child to wear the glasses. Extra enticement can be found in cool features like transitions lenses with tints that darken outdoors, which may help inspire the child to want to wear his/her glasses.
3. Plastic Vs. Metal - Children's frames are made of either plastic or metal. Many manufacturers copy adult styles for children's frames and kids may be attracted to these styles because they are more grown-up looking.
4. Proper Bridge Fit - One of the toughest parts about choosing suitable frames for kids is that their noses are not fully developed, so they don't have a bridge to prevent plastic frames from sliding down (manufacturers recognize this difficulty with plastic frames and make their bridges to fit small noses). Metal frames, however, are usually made with adjustable nose pads, so they fit everyone's bridge. It is important that the glasses stay in place, because kids tend to look right over the tops of the lenses instead of pushing slipping glasses back up where they belong.
For further information or to book an appointment please call any of our three Rochester, NY Cornerstone Eye Associates locations in Gates (585-328-0153), Brighton (585-244-2200) or Irondeqouit (585-266-7880).
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