Kids' Eyeglasses - What to Look for When Shopping

By editor
September 22, 2009

When your child needs a pair of eyeglasses, you should know what to look for before you start shopping. Be sure to allow your child to help in selecting the new eyeglasses, as the more he/she likes the eyeglasses, the more they will enjoy wearing them. The following are a few things to keep in mind when picking out glasses for kids.

1. Polycarbonate Lenses

Polycarbonate is an impact-resistant material that is also used in safety lenses. These special lenses do not shatter on impact like glass or regular plastic lenses, reducing the chance of eye injuries in active kids. Polycarbonate is also thinner and lighter in weight than regular plastic lenses, giving better comfort for the kid wearing them. Polycarbonate lenses also have an added bonus: built-in ultraviolet sun protection.

2. Scratch-Resistant Coatings

Although basic polycarbonate lenses have a resistant coating, when shopping for kids' eyeglasses, you may want to purchase an upgraded scratch-resistant coating which can be applied to the surface of the lens. This coating makes the lenses even more resistant to scratching.

3. Silicone Nose Pads

Silicone nose pads tend to be softer and more comfortable. They also have a non-slip surface that helps the glasses stay in position on kids' faces, thus ensuring good eyesight.

For further information, schedule an appointment, or to purchase eyewear please call or visit any of our three Rochester, NY Cornerstone Eye Associates locations in Gates (585-328-0153), Brighton (585-244-2200) or Irondequoit (585-266-7880).

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