Finding cute, practical glasses for your child can be a challenge. Many people get their first pair of glasses while they’re still quite young. Depending upon your child’s age, fashion, durability and comfort should all factor into your decision. Involve your child in the choice for increased cooperation and willingness to wear her glasses.
Plastic frames are a traditional choice for children’s eyeglasses. These frames are durable and can easily support plastic or polycarbonate lenses. Plastic frames are often lighter than metal ones and may be less likely to bend or break. You can opt for a more mature adult-style in a plastic frame, like classic horn-rimmed glasses, or choose playful and brightly colored ones. Flexible hinges and a well-fitting bridge can help to make your child’s plastic frames comfortable.
Newer, lighter weight metal alloys have made metal eyeglass frames an option for children. Styles often mimic adult eyeglasses, and they are available in traditional shades of silver, gold or bronze, as well as bright colors. Cable temples that wrap around the ear, available on metal frames, can help to keep glasses in place, particularly on toddlers. Flexible metal frames are another option, and they can be nearly indestructible, making them ideal for rough-and-tumble kids.
Children who play active sports will need not only their regular eyeglasses, but also sport glasses. These glasses have thicker safety lenses and are designed not to break or shift during active play. Most include a strap, rather than traditional ear pieces. Racket sports, hockey, martial arts, sports with balls or lab activities can all require sport goggles or protective eyewear. Consult your child’s optometrist about lifestyle considerations that require sport goggles or special glasses.