Getting Your Child Glasses
If a doctor determines that your child does need glasses, the next step is to pick out a suitable pair. You'll want to keep your child's face shape in mind for a flattering pick. Also, consider these suggestions:
- Choose the right materials. Lenses made of polycarbonate -- a strong, lightweight, shatterproof material -- are best for kids. But polycarbonate does scratch easily, so ask for a scratch-resistant coating on your child's specs.
- Ask the optician about ways to make your child's glasses more comfortable. Some to consider: nose pads to keep frames from slipping, comfort cables that wrap around the ears (for 1- to 4-year-olds), flexible hinges, and straps in place of ear pieces (for babies).
- Let your child help choose the frames. If she is old enough, get your child's input on the frames. The more she likes her glasses, the better she'll be about wearing them.
All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.