I was four-eyed during primary school. According to my Mum, our optician was the best in the country, but I highly disagreed.
I was sure that she was a witch. Believe me.
We had to wait hours (although we always had an appointment) in a tiny but crowded hall; then we entered into a dark room.
And by dark I mean there was absolutely no light inside.
The optician always wore a long dark apron above her long dark dress and called me “little sweetheart.”
I had to sit on a black piano chair, she lit a torch in from of my pupil, and she was turning the chair – with me on it, of course – here and there to check something.
I saw nothing, of course, just the bright light and the frightening blackness everywhere else.
And she didn’t say a word.
I say, she was a witch.
I cannot express how grateful I am that things have changed in the last three decades.
My kids’ visits to the local optician’s are rather similar to Peppa Pig’s adventures than to my childhood memories.
These examinations are fun!
And choosing a beautiful frame is also a cool experience, however, there are a few tips that make the choice easier and better.
1. Let Kids Be Trendy
I know many would say that this should be the last point in the list but believe me – trendy eyewear can save you a ton of arguing, meltdowns and stress with you child.
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And you know those school day mornings when everybody is freaked out.
Glasses should not be an additional trigger.
So, it really worth buying specs that your child loves and can’t wait to put them on.
There is absolutely no sense in buying the eyewear that your child hates.
They will put it off the minute you are not there.
Your battles to find the eyeglasses each and every morning is one thing.
Being called names is another one, and it’s going to be the kid’s business.
Not an easy one.
While open bullying is strictly “handled” in most schools recently, teachers cannot determine your kid’s place in the social hierarchy of the class.
Some children can do literally anything, and they tend to be the most popular boy or girl in the class, but the rest are not so lucky.
If they turn into ’spectacled’ they can either win or lose.
So let’s help them win!
I’m sure that even Pippi Longstocking would ha stayed longer in school if she wore these red and blue Einar specs:
2. Frames That Fit
Okay, fitting is not less important than fashion.
The frame must fit your child now – not a half year later.
They will not grow into it.
If a frame is too tight, it makes the head ache, and the child would always take the glasses off.
And the same goes for a too wide frame.
It is uncomfortable and dangerous at the same time as it can fly off their heads when something exciting is happening.
So, try on the frame, ask your kid to bow and look at their feet, then look up again.
The best for you is to bend down or kneel and look directly into their faces.
Check whether the frame touches the sides of their faces. They shouldn’t.
Check if the specs have obviously slid front after they bowed. They should not.
Then look at your kid sideways – check the length of the temple.
It shouldn’t go too far away from the ears – this is the harder to notice that’s why you should take care.
A short temple is so uncomfortable that you kid would let you know immediately.
But, long arms can be very comfortable when they are just trying the glasses on.
However, it means the glasses would be just hanging and dangling when the child is bending, jumping, running, skipping – so being alive generally – and that’s not what you want.
Imagine how much times a child spends bending over their work in school!
And then again look into the face of your child and check the bridge between the lenses above the nose.
Are the pads resting on the sides of the nose or are they too tight or too wide?
They should fit snugly, and the child should not feel their presence.
We love these Owlet Teens glasses – they fit most kids and teens perfectly, check out now:
3. Plastic or Metal
If you find a frame that fits and what your child likes, it is almost the same whether it is made of plastic or metal.
Plastic frames come in all shapes, forms, sizes, and colors.
Metal frames have adjustable nose pads so they can provide better fit and metal frames can be more easily fixed (if someone has accidentally sat on them, for instance).
However, they break easier than plastic ones.
Metal frames are thinner and more lightweight, they can come with the option to go semi-rimless, so they can be the most invisible ones.
You can choose pure titanium frames which are nickel free and hypo-allergic, but there are also stainless steel ones which are ultra thin frames due to their durability.
The most common metal frames are made of monel – but if your child is sensitive to nickel, choose other material.
Plastic frames are much sturdier; they can hold the thicker lens, so they are ideal for those children who need strong prescriptions.
However, these frames lose their adjustment a bit faster than metal ones.
But the point is: the choice depends on you and your preferences, the quality can be the same nowadays.
These Francis Gattell specs are really adult-ish – but they are designed for a smaller fit:
4. Lens & Coatings
Please, choose lenses made of plastic, Polycarbonate or Trivex.
Glass lenses are not really for kids.
Although they can be treated for impact resistance when a glass is broken, it is broken glass, and even safety glass is a hazard to the eyes.
“Plastic” lenses are significantly more impact-resistant than other kinds of lenses, they have built-in protection against ultraviolet rays, and they are usually scratch resistant coated.
If not, it definitely worth its price so go for it!
These coatings are not like some miracle so that scratches can happen (and will happen) but their extent makes a huge difference.
Coatings not only prevent scratches but they also give extra strength to the eyewear which is always a big yes when we are speaking about children glasses.
Anti-reflective or anti-glare coatings are a great option for older kids who spend a lot of time in front of screens (let’s assume they are doing their homework).
These coatings eliminate reflections from the front and back surfaces of the eyeglasses, so more light passes through the lenses, therefore they comfort their eyes and sharpen the vision.
You can also choose anti-fog coatings for the lenses which can help to protect the lenses of your kid’s glasses.
Anti-fog coatings are exactly what the name suggests: you don’t have to wipe your glasses every time you enter a warmer room.
And the fewer times a kid wipes the lenses, the more time the lenses are scratch-free.
We add coatings for free to these Moshi Monsters eyeglasses. Kids and monsters? What are we speaking about?!
5. Something Special?
If your kid has any special needs, let your optician know them because they can help you a lot.
Does your kid need extra strong prescriptions yet the whole class attends swim lessons?
You can have special prescription googles made for your little one so they can see sharply in the water and feel much more confident!
Is your child active like a dozen of fleas?
There are special sports frames with straps around the head or extra flexible temples to protect accidents and specs falling.
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Do you have a sweet kid with Down syndrome?
There is a solution for their particular needs – frames with different sizes for the bridge and temple can be found.
You can even choose cute eyewear for the smallest tiny little baby so don’t be afraid, have fun and be proud!
Aren’t these Icy Eyewear specs cool? We love them.
+1 Be Patient & Watchful
If it is the first time your kid receives eyeglasses, both the parents and the child have a lot to learn.
Being a four-eyed is a lifestyle – the child gets responsible for their eyewear, they should learn when to put them on and when to put them off.
And where! And how to wipe them and what to use for that purpose.
And there are a lot of others little moments that count so much and takes a lot of time to realize, accept and understand them.
But there is a very important thing: when a child is constantly putting their specs off, it is a sign that something is not okay.
When the glasses fit perfectly, and the prescription is okay, the eyewear gives the kid a satisfied feeling which is not really expressed.
But when you have to fight for wearing those eyeglasses, the most likely problem is not with the kid but with the eyewear.
Not suitable specs make you feel uneasy.
And this uncomfortableness is not something that can be noticed or phrased quickly, it is just not good to wear those glasses.
Telling your child a million times to put their glasses on might not be a solution.
But a visit to the optician’s definitely sorts things out.
If you love eyewear, why not read about eye safety here?
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