Nov 1, 2023 | Children's Eye Care, Eyewear

What to Look for When Buying Glasses for Your Child 

Buying glasses for your child can be both an exciting and stressful time. With so many options to choose from, finding the perfect pair can be difficult. To help make the process easier, we’re sharing the top things to consider when shopping for children’s eyewear.  

1. Lens material 

It’s important to ensure that your child’s glasses have the right lens material for their comfort and safety! Polycarbonate is a great choice for kids because it’s incredibly durable and scratch-resistant. If your child gets hit in the face while playing sports or falls, polycarbonate is designed to crack instead of shatter, making it a safer lens option. Additionally, it’s thinner, lighter, and more comfortable than other lens materials. 

2. Frame material 

Frames are another important consideration when picking out eyeglasses for children. The most popular types are metal and plastic eyeglass frames. Plastic frames come in a variety of colors and designs, while metal frames are often more durable and long-lasting than plastic frames. If your child has an allergy to certain materials in eyeglasses, such as nickel, we can help you find frames suited to their specific needs. 

3. Style and color 

Glasses come in all kinds of frame styles and colors. Start by asking your child what they like best. You could even let your child pick out their own frames to make sure they feel comfortable and confident wearing them. 

4. Temple style 

Another crucial factor to consider is the temple style of the glasses. If your child likes to play sports, wraparound temples will keep the glasses securely on their head during activity. Alternatively, acetate temple tips will be more comfortable if your child has sensitive skin. 

5. Bridge fit  

The bridge is the part of the glasses that rests on the nose. It’s essential to ensure that the bridge fits well and doesn’t slip or slide down the face. Glasses that fit well will be comfortable and won’t cause any discomfort or red marks on your child’s face. 

6. Spring hinges 

Children’s glasses often take a beating on a daily basis, which can cause them to be easily damaged. Spring hinges provide extra protection by allowing the glasses to bend without breaking.  

7. Eyeglasses guarantee 

Before you purchase your child’s glasses, make sure to ask their eye doctor if they offer a guarantee for any eyeglasses purchased at their practice. At Spectrum Eye Care in Colorado Springs, every pair of glasses we sell is guaranteed. If your child is having trouble seeing clearly or has issues with their new glasses, we’ll have them come back into our office so we can identify the issue and get it resolved.  

Buying glasses for your child should be an exciting experience, not a stressful one. At Spectrum Eye Care, we offer a wide selection of durable and stylish frames for children of all ages. Our experts will help you find the perfect pair of glasses for your child. Give us a call today to schedule an eye exam for your child!