If the child requires prescription glasses, they can be purchased through either an eyecare provider or online, both of which require a valid prescription, and oftentimes one that is less than 12 months old. Glasses that require a prescription cannot be purchased over the counter, such as at a drugstore.
Many eyecare providers have optical departments offering a wide variety of frames and styles to suit every taste and need, as well as popular lens options and treatments that your child may need. Purchasing prescription glasses from your eyecare provider can be a quick, convenient option as glasses can be finished in just a few days, or less.
The benefits of buying glasses from your eyecare provider or from a bricks and mortar store instead of buying online include:
- Being able to try on the glasses to ensure proper fit and that they are comfortable.
- The eyecare provider can make any needed adjustments to the glasses to ensure everything fits well.
- Your child can try on multiple pairs of glasses and see in the mirror how they look.
- Receive proper customer service and get answers to your questions.
- A free case is often provided with the glasses
- The eyecare provider can play the role of “the bad guy” and tell the child to wear the glasses and take good care of them.
- The experience can be connected to a special treat, such as a trip to the mall or a lunch date with mom or dad.
Purchasing glasses online is another option, albeit one that is still in its infancy as it represents only a small percentage of eyeglass sales. If you decide to purchase your child’s glasses online, make sure you approach the endeavor with a healthy amount of patience. You’ll need a copy of the prescription from an eyecare provider. The online retailer will verify that it is up-to-date before manufacturing the glasses. Your eyecare provider may also supply you with your child's pupillary distance (PD), or the distance between the centers of their pupils. The PD is helpful when buying glasses online because it ensures that the corrective lenses are placed and centered directly in front of the pupils. Although it is possible to take the measurement yourself, it is not recommended, as a faulty measurement can result in glasses that are not providing ultimate vision correction.
It will also be important to know exactly what types of lens type, treatments, tints and other options are important, because there is no one available to ask for advice, unlike at a bricks and mortar glasses retailer. Here are some tips that are helpful when it comes to choosing kid’s glasses.