What to keep in mind when buying children's glasses
In general, we must take into account the same things when buying children's glasses and when buying adult glasses:
- Correct adjustment to the shape of the head: You can get it with some glasses with adaptable terminal parts of the arms and adaptable plates.
- Light, resistant and flexible frame: For children it is better to choose acetate glasses since they are more comfortable and in most cases they are also lighter than metal ones. In addition, acetate is an organic material (it comes from cotton fiber) and, therefore, is less likely to cause allergic reactions or chafing on the skin.
- Hardened organic lenses: They are resistant to falls or bumps and with the hardened treatment they will also become resistant to scratches. This is fundamental in the case of children's glasses because children do not have the same care as adults and their lenses will be more prone to receiving blows and to withstand falls. Ideally, they should include antireflective treatment that will help avoid annoying reflections and visual fatigue.
- Proper size: This factor is essential. You can not have the same caliber for a seven-year-old child and for a twelve-year-old (caliber is the size of the lens's width and determines the size of the glasses. Click here to see more details). Follow this guide to find out what size each child needs according to their age:
- Caliber 39: up to 3 years.
- Caliber 42: from 3 to 5 years old.
- Caliber 44: from 5 to 7 years old.
- Caliber 47: from 7 to 10 years.
- Caliber 49: from 10 to 12 years old.
Do not forget their tastes!
There is another point to keep in mind that, although it does not seem to be so important, it can be decisive when it comes to making a child adapt to their glasses and feel comfortable with them. It is about the aesthetic factor.
The idea is not so strange to us if we think of an adult choosing a pair of glasses for themselves:
|although they will take into account the factors mentioned above, they will never choose a frame that they do not like or that they think does not suit them. It happens exactly the same with children, therefore, while we elders have to be attentive to the fact that children's glasses meet all the requirements in terms of quality of materials, comfort and size, we can let the kids choose the model and the colour. So the process of adaptation will be more bearable and even fun.|
VISUAL-TIP: If you are looking for glasses for a baby, consult a professional optometrist as in these cases you have to take into account a series of special points that it is better to leave in the hands of an expert.