Top Ten Eyewear Tips
Thanks to fictional character Harr y Potter, kids wearing glasses are
now cool! If your child requires prescription eyewear, here are some
tips for selecting eyewear that will make it both fun and functional.
photo courtesy of Stride Rite® Eyewear
1. Lenses: Discuss with an optical Temples, the arms that extend from 6. Strength and Durability: Choose
professional the best lenses for the the front of the eyewear, should be a a substantial metal or plastic frame
prescription. Polycarbonate lenses ar e length that rests comfortably on the with spring hinges and extra soldering
generally the best for children. These ear. They can be adjusted to get a strength at the bridge and temples to
lenses are the most impact-resistant comfortable fit. For younger or active ensure the eyewear can withstand a
and are lighter weight than most plastic c h i l d ren, cable temples provide a child’s active lifestyle. The extra soldering
lenses. Parents should avoid glass lenses. flexible cable that wraps over the strength at these areas (where metal
Although all glass lenses are tempered, ear to keep the temples secured so meets metal) will help prevent breakage.
the glass may still shatter when broken that the eyewear stays in position on
and creates a hazard to the eye. Glass the face.
lenses are also heavier than plastic or 7. Nosepads: Look for silicone
polycarbonate lenses. nosepads because they do not slip.
3. Material: To provide the most
durability, eyewear should be made of
2. Size and Fit: The frame should quality metals such as nickel, silver, 8. Appearance: Today’s eyewear for
have a comfortable temple length and Monel, stainless steel or titanium. children offers a wide selection of eye
bridge size. Titanium, special nickel-free metal shapes, colors and decorative treatments.
alloys and most plastic frames are also Make sure your child is happy with how
hypoallergenic. Plastic eyewear frames the eyewear looks and feels and commu-
The bridge is the part of the eyewear are a durable alternative but can be nicates this to your optical professional.
frame that connects both eye rims more difficult to repair.
over the nose. The bridge size allows
the nosepads of metal frames to rest 9. Eyewear Case: Make sure your
comfortably on the nose at a proper 4. Sensitivity to Nickel: Some children child’s eyewear comes with a hard case.
distance from the inner corner of the are sensitive to nickel. If your child Teaching your child a good habit, to put
eye. Because most children do not shows sensitivity to nickel, try titanium, his or her eyewear in the case when not
have fully developed or prominent nickel-free or plastic eyewear. being worn, will prevent the eyewear
noses, they may require a special from being scratched or broken.
nosepad sling to keep the frame
in place on the nose. 5. Spring Hinges: Spring hinges provide
flexibility, allowing the temples to flex 10. Care and Cleaning: Parents need
outward, away from the frame without to show children how to maintain and
causing any damage to the face or clean their eyewear. The frame and
eyewear frame. Spring hinges are safer lenses should be cleaned with a non-
in that the eyewear comes off the face abrasive cloth using a mild detergent.
easily in the event of a fall or accident. Paper products are not recommended.