Images of kids with glasses will make you say ‘awww.’ Is it how cute the eyeglasses frames are? Or is it how big the lenses are? Nonetheless, it sends an underlying message: these kids have vision problems that only prescription glasses could correct. It might be a disturbing fact that at an early age, one should be donning a pair of specs and wearing glasses is a must in a time when they should be enjoying their childhood and playing around. At this stage, they’re just starting to discover and learn about their environment. According to Vision Service Plan, here are the signs a child needs glasses:
- They squint whenever they read or look at a distant object. It could be a symptom of near-sightedness or farsightedness.
- Closes one eye to see better could be a symptom of astigmatism.
- They often rub their eyes. Visit an eye doctor because this could be a sign of eye strain.
- Accidentally skip lines while reading. It could be that they have an eye muscle problem or astigmatism.
- Frequent headaches when they attempt to clear blurry vision.
If any of these signs are observable on your child, an eye doctor who specializes on kids must examine them. On the other hand, there are vision-related problems your kids could inherit if you have them like nearsightedness, farsightedness, color blindness and retinitis pigmentosa, Vision Service Plan says. Once the eye doctor gives your child a prescription—it can’t be helped then—you need to shop for glasses. We will leave the ‘how are we going to convince them to wear specs?’ question to you… moving on! We will just help you on how to buy one. AllAboutVision.com has a 10-point checklist you may follow:
- Lens thickness – the higher the prescription, the thicker the lenses are. Choose small eyeglasses frames to cover up the thickness.
- Fashion forward – surprisingly, kids tend to choose eyeglasses frames similar to their dads or moms, the site reveal. They could be also drawn to frames imprinted with cartoon characters.
- Plastic or metal – the most chosen eyeglasses frame material is plastic because it is durable and flexible. Yet, metal frames are also on the rise. If they choose the latter, better ask for frames with hypoallergenic materials, the site suggests.
- Proper bridge fit – it is not that they are hyper in nature but their noses are not fully developed yet. Choose a frame which bridge fits snugly to their noses.
- Right temple style – kids are, well, kids. They run, roll, and crawl when playing. You can’t blame them. They’re just having fun. In order not to impede their fun times, choose eyeglasses frames with cable temples or straps.
- Spring hinges – this is a part of the temples. It makes the frame flexible and prevents the eyeglasses from being damaged.
- Lens material – go for polycarbonate because it is shatterproof, impact resistant and it has UV protection, as advised by Think About Your Eyes.
- Sports eyewear – if your kid plays sports, you might want to buy them a pair to protect their eyes.
- Warranties – opt for one in order to save money when you need to replace it.
- Backup pair – in case of emergency or if your kid accidentally crushes their eyewear, buy a backup so you don’t have to take another trip to the eyewear store.