The Best Advice When Choosing Glasses for Toddlers

What kind of glasses should you and your little one buy? Not only are there tons of styles, but there are also many technical considerations for the fit and maintenance of your child’s glasses. Whether your child already wears glasses or it’s his first time, here are some suggestions for when to buy and make him look fantastic with his glasses:

Buy sturdy frames that can support your child’s active lifestyle. The two main choices of frame materials are metal and plastic. Plastic frames were known as the strongest choice for children, although modern innovations have equalized the two types of frame materials. In fact, hypoallergenic metals such as titanium and stainless steel are ideal for children because they are tough and can withstand a lot of use. Another current innovation in the market, memory metal frames flex freely and retain their shape after stretching and heavy use. Your ophthalmic service provider will suggest the best type of frame for your child and the lenses he or she will prescribe.

Safety is paramount when it comes to eyewear. Most eye experts agree that polycarbonate is the best lens material not only because of its impact resistance (usually “doesn’t break”) but also because of its durability and light weight. In addition, polycarbonate lenses are manufactured with a scratch-resistant and UV-resistant coating. Many eye care providers prescribe only polycarbonate lenses to children.

Of course the frame and lenses are important but adding the right features can be equivalent to fit perfection. Carefully made glasses are useless if they slide off your child’s face. Frames that are too tight can cause pain. Talk to your eye care professional about how the following features can give your child’s eyeglasses the perfect fit:

* Adjustable nose pads and mounted bridges: Ideal for fitting small noses, they help keep the glasses on your child’s face and make them more comfortable.

* Cable temples: Unlike traditional temples, these temples fit around the ear and help keep glasses stable. They’re a good choice for those who wear glasses all the time. However, care should be taken when removing eyeglasses. Traditional sideburns may be a better option for children who take off their glasses frequently.

* Spring Hinges: Allow the temples of the frame to stretch outward while the glasses are put on without causing damage. They are generally recommended for children who put on/off their glasses frequently. Spring hinges can be a worthwhile investment because they can help save money on repairs to children’s sharp, agile eyeglasses. For more visit



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