It's that time of year again: Back to school! And if you're like most parents, you're busy frantically gathering all your child's school supplies before the new school year starts. From rulers to notebooks, paper to pencils, there seems to be no end to the supplies they need. But one school supply is often overlooked: a new pair of glasses. If your child needs a new pair of glasses, it can sometimes be a daunting task to figure out how to choose the right type of frames that your child will be willing to wear, and which are durable enough to make it through the rough tests many children put them through. Fortunately, we have made life easier on you by compiling a list of a few things to consider when choosing your child's back to school glasses this year:
1. How Thick Are the Lenses?
One of the first things to consider when choosing frames for your child is how thick the lenses will be. If your child's prescription calls for thick lenses, the frame should be as small as possible to keep the lenses from being too large. A lens which is too large will make the whole pair of glasses heavier, and less comfortable to wear, as well as increase blurriness and distortions at the edges of the lenses.
2. Keep Style In Mind
No matter what you do, kids will often get even just a little bit of teasing when they first start to wear glasses. That's why it's important to avoid styles that make your child look too “uncool.” Since the name of the game is to make your child comfortable wearing their glasses, an extra “cool” factor can help, such as photochromic lenses that darken to become sunglasses when outside.
3. How To Keep Their Glasses On
From proper bridge fit to proper temple style, you want to be sure that your child's glasses are comfortable and won't be constantly sliding off his or her face. In terms of the bridge, you should be sure that there are no uncomfortable gaps between the bridge of the frame and the bridge of your child's nose, which would cause the frame to fit incorrectly and constantly slide down. The temples, or “legs,” of the frame should also be age appropriate. Cable temples, which hook around the back of the ear are great for babies and toddlers, whereas a more traditional temple design can be used for older children.
4. Better Safe Than Sorry!
Don't forget to check for a warranty. If your kids are like many others, they're likely to get into some mischief that is not so nice to their glasses. It's best to have some type of warranty that will cover bent or broken glasses for this reason.
With these considerations, finding the perfect pair of back to school glasses for your child should be a snap!