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How to choose glasses for your child

Choosing the perfect pair of childrens eyeglasses frames can be a stressful ordeal. Having options is great, but when there are so many different frames and lens materials to choose from, it can be overwhelming to say the least. Not to mention, you can’t forget the importance of eye protection, long-term durability, and warranties.

To help you on your quest of finding the right kids prescription glasses, here are a few easy tips and things to think about when finding the perfect pair. Firstly it is important to get a thorough eye exam made by a kids eye doctor to get the right prescription. This then determines the best type of glasses for your needs.

1) Lens Thickness

The thickness of the glasses’ lenses will depend on your child’s eye prescription. Stronger prescriptions need thicker lenses and weaker prescriptions can be corrected easily with thinner lenses. However, thicker lenses tend to be heavier and need to be fitted with frames that can protect them properly.

2) Plastic or metal?

When it comes to frames, both plastic and metal (wire) frames are durable. In recent years, many eyewear manufacturers have begun to duplicate adult eyewear designs into children’s glasses. That means you may even be able to find a mini-version of your own pair of glasses for your little one.

3) Lens material

After you’ve found the perfect frames, the next step is choosing lenses. When it comes to kids’s eyeglasses frames, polycarbonate lenses are highly recommended. They are extremely durable, scratch-resistant and offer excellent optics. Not to mention, they have built in protection against harmful UV radiation and can be made for any eye prescription.

It’s wise to stay away from glass lenses as these can easily break and cause serious eye damage.

4) Comfort is key 
Firstly, protection and improved sight are the most important factors when choosing glasses for children. If you are going through the process of finding glasses that your child will take care of and love to wear, paying attention to comfort is key. You of course want your child to feel good and enjoy wearing their glasses, otherwise it will be very difficult to get them into this routine.
Take safety and UV-protection into consideration, but don’t forget to listen to your child’s opinions. After all – they will be the ones wearing the glasses every day and should feel comfortable and happy in their glasses.


5) Sports eyewear

If your child has an interest in contact sports, it may be a good time to invest in a pair of kids eyeglasses for sports.

Although regular polycarbonate lenses are durable enough, normal prescription glasses frames do not hold up so well when subjected to trauma. Sports goggles offer that little bit of extra protection and strength while providing the same great vision as normal prescription glasses. 

And there you have it! Hopefully these tips will come in handy when you’re choosing the perfect glasses for your children. At SmartBuyGlasses we offer several of the best-selling kids' eyeglasses brands including Bolle KidsShadez and more convenient models from SmartBuy Kids. Check out our full range here. 


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