Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses
Getting children to wear their glasses starts by providing them with glasses that are comfortable and allowing them to choose frames that they like. Consider the following tips when evaluating children’s glasses:
- Choose lightweight frames as they are more comfortable for children, particularly if the lenses are thick.
- Consider silicone-covered frame earpieces as they make the glasses more comfortable.
- Select glasses with earpieces that wrap around the ears to prevent the glasses from falling off, or for babies and toddlers, a strap that goes around the back of the head.
- Choose frames that match their face shape
- Get a backup pair of glasses in case of damage or loss
- Allow children to have a voice in the decision as they’ll be more inclined to wear
- Consider choosing polycarbonate lenses for children as lenses crafted from this material are most durable.
To correct refractive errors in children, there are a number of lens choices prescribed specifically to correct the vision problem.
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Single-vision lenses, which have the same prescription throughout, are most commonly prescribed for people with:
- Nearsightedness – characterized by the ability to see objects that are nearby clearly, while objects further away appear blurry.
- Farsightedness – characterized by the inability to clearly see objects nearby.
- Astigmatism – a very common, correctable vision condition resulting in blurred vision at any distance