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					                Top Ten Eyewear Tips
                      for Parents.
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.




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