It is very important that kids are comfortable in their glasses so they will wear them.
Choosing an Optical Shop
Use an optical that works with kids often. These shops will have a better selection of childrens frames and be more experienced at fitting glasses for children.
Polycarbonate or Trivex (shatter proof) lenses are usually recommended by your eye doctor to protect your child’s eyes. Transition lenses darken in the sun. These types of lenses also have built-in UV protection to block harmful rays from the sun.
Choosing a Frame
To provide clear, comfortable vision, glasses must fit your child well. The size must fil. Frames should not touch the cheeks or eyelashes. Eyes should be centered when looking straight at the child. The frame should be adjusted to fit your child. Both the earpieces and the nose pads can usually be adjusted. Do not try to adjust the frames yourself, as this can break them.
Second Pair of Glasses
Intermountain Eye Centers advises children have a backup pair of glasses.
• It is normal to take 1-2 weeks for your child to get used to the glasses.
• Teach your child to put their glasses in the case when they are not wearing them.
• Encourage your child to look through the glasses, not over them.
• Do not place the glasses face down, as this may scratch the lenses.
• For active children, straps are available to help prevent the glasses from falling off.
GLASSES ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOU CHILD’S EYE CARE.
THEY CAN DO A NUMBER OF THINGS INCLUDING:
• Help your child see better
• Help keep your child’s eyes straight
• Help your child develop normal vision
• Treat abnormal vision in one or both eyes.