Feeling overwhelmed by the challenge of finding glasses your child will be excited to wear and enjoy using?
By reading this article, you’ll gain practical insights on how to choose glasses that your kid will love to wear. Plus, we’ll show you why investing in quality kids glasses is a wise decision for your child’s long-term eye health and self-confidence.
Choosing the right kids glasses involves selecting frames that fit well, are durable, comfortable, and aesthetically appeal to your child.
I’m Damon Ezekiel, the principal optometrist and owner of Ezekiel Eyes, with over three decades of expertise in optometry, including children’s vision care. My colleague, Rhiannon Richer, a Queensland University of Technology graduate, complements our practice with her diverse experience in patient care and optometry across Western Australia. Together, we’re committed to providing exceptional eye care, especially in helping your child find the perfect glasses.
Let’s clear up a myth right away: it’s not enough for glasses to just fit your child. They need to match their lifestyle, preferences and vision needs, too.
Take Cruiz, a young patient of ours. After his cataract surgery, we helped him find glasses that he loves wearing. His mother’s warm words about the important care we provided to the family remind us why we do what we do!
Choosing the wrong glasses can impact more than just how your child sees the world—it can affect their self-esteem.
Keen to learn more about picking the best frames for your kid? Keep reading for our top tips.
Or, if you’d like a helping hand, why not give us a call on (08) 9386 3620 to book an appointment?
At Ezekiel Eyes we’ve got a wide variety of kid’s frames to select from. Let’s make sure your child’s glasses are as unique as they are.
Is it Common for Kids to Need Glasses?
Vision problems are quite prevalent among children. The majority of initial vision issues in children stem from developmental changes in the eye’s shape. As kids grow, their eye shape often stabilizes. Typically, many children eventually no longer need glasses. How quickly a child might overcome the necessity for glasses depends on their unique developmental progress and the extent of their vision issue.
A 2019 study in the United States looked into the prevalence of eyesight correction in young children and teens.
When it comes to picking out glasses for kids, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to consider:
- Frame Size and Comfort: A pair that’s too tight can cause discomfort, while too loose a fit might mean they’re constantly slipping off. We pay special attention to the bridge fit, especially important in children who may not have fully developed nose features yet.
- Durable Non-Allergenic Materials: Kids will be kids, and their glasses need to keep up! We recommend materials that can withstand the rough and tumble of everyday play. Materials like flexible plastics and strong metals ensure the glasses can take a bit of a beating. Considering that some kids have allergies, especially to substances like nickel, opting for pure titanium frames can be an excellent choice for their eyewear.
- Style Matters in Kids Glasses: Let’s face it, if your child doesn’t like how the glasses look, they won’t wear them. That’s why we offer a wide range of styles. Round, square, or something in between – the shape of the frame can make a big difference in how your child feels about wearing them. Also colours matter. From bright and bold to sleek and subtle, there’s something for every young personality.
- Involve Your Child in the Choice: This is crucial. Involving your child in the selection process not only ensures they’re happy with the appearance, but it also gives them a sense of ownership over their glasses. It’s a great opportunity for them to express their personality.
- Flexible Hinges for Extra Durability: Kids are always on the move, so their glasses need to be up for the challenge. Flexible hinges are a game-changer. They allow the arms of the glasses to flex outward, tolerating all sorts of play without breaking. This means fewer trips for repairs and more peace of mind for you.
- Sports Strap: This is a small, durable cord that attaches to the temples of the glasses and wraps around the back of the head. This strap helps keep the glasses securely in place during physical activities, preventing them from falling off or moving excessively during sports or other vigorous movements.
- Lens Safety and Quality: Last but definitely not least, the quality of the lenses is vital. We ensure that the lenses are safe for young eyes, offering protection from UV rays and being shatter-resistant. Plus, with options like anti-reflective coatings and blue light filters, we make sure your child’s eyes are protected in all scenarios.
At Ezekiel Eyes, we believe that children’s glasses should be built to last while providing comfort and style. That’s why we offer a variety of frames equipped with these child-friendly features. We’re here to help you find the perfect combination of durability, fit, and fashion for your child’s glasses.
Come in and explore our range – we’re excited to help your little ones see the world more clearly, in glasses they’ll love to wear!
Watch the following video for more tips on picking out glasses for your little ones.
Glasses Brands for Children
Exploring children’s eyewear can be really exciting, given all the modern and stylish options out there. Let’s check out the latest trends and figure out how to pick the perfect pair for your child:
- Nike Kids: If your child is sporty, Nike Kids is a go-to choice. Their eyewear is designed for active lifestyles, combining sporty looks with materials that can handle all kinds of play.
- Flexon Kids: These frames are a dream for parents and kids alike. Flexon Kids glasses are incredibly flexible and bendable, bouncing back into shape even after rough handling, making them a durable choice for everyday adventures.
At Ezekiel Eyes, we understand that every child is unique, and so are their eyewear needs. We’re here to help you and your child navigate these options, ensuring you find glasses that are not only trendy but also perfectly suited to your child’s lifestyle and vision needs. Whether your child is sporty, stylish, or somewhere in between, we have the perfect pair waiting for them.
The Necessity of Regular Eye Exams
When it comes to your child’s vision health, regular eye exams are crucial. It’s not just about making sure they can see clearly; it’s about ensuring their overall eye health is on track.
Importance of Paediatric Eye Exams: Children’s eyes develop rapidly, and changes in vision can occur without obvious symptoms. Regular eye exams are key to catching and addressing any issues early. This is especially important because vision problems can impact a child’s learning and social development.
Benefits of Regular Check-Ups: During eye tests, we don’t just check if your child needs glasses or a change in prescription. We also assess their eye health, looking for any signs of common eye conditions. Regular check-ups mean we can keep their prescriptions up-to-date, ensuring they always have the clearest vision possible, be it in the classroom, on the sports field, or just playing at home.
Eye exams are also a great opportunity for us to build a relationship with your child, making them more comfortable with eye care as they grow. At Ezekiel Eyes, we make these exams as fun and friendly as possible, ensuring your child feels at ease every step of the way!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my child needs glasses?
The following could each indicate that your kid needs prescription eyewear.
- Often squinting, shielding one eye, or angling their head to see better.
- Habitually getting very close to screens, handheld gadgets, or when reading books.
- Regularly rubbing their eyes excessively.
- Experiencing consistent headaches or discomfort in their eyes.
- Facing difficulties with academic performance at school.
What do the numbers on glasses mean?
The three numbers printed on the inside of the temple arm represent the 3 most important dimensions of the frame, in millimeters, and it can be helpful to know what they mean when it comes time to picking out a new pair. They stand for lens width, bridge width, and temple length (in that order).
- Lens Width: The width of each eye lens.
- Bridge Width: The width of your child’s nose where the glasses’ bridge will sit.
- Temple Length: The glasses frame “arms” measured in horizontal length.
In the case of frames suited for bi-focal or progressive lenses, you might see a fourth number that indicates the height of the eye lens.
What age do kids start wearing adult glasses?
Children typically move to adult glasses when:
- Adult-sized frames fit them properly.
- They’ve outgrown the appeal of cartoon-themed or logo-heavy frames.
- They’re responsible enough to handle glasses not specifically made for rough usage.
This shift often occurs around age 10 and usually by age 12.
Additionally, many eyewear brands offer ‘tween’ collections, which feature adult-like styles in smaller sizes. An optician can provide valuable guidance during this transition.
As we wrap up, let’s revisit the essential steps for choosing the right glasses for your child:
- Get Measured for the Perfect Fit: Have a professional optician help select frames that suit your child’s prescription and facial dimensions.
- Consider Durability and Style: Choose frames that can withstand a child’s lifestyle and reflect their personality.
- Have Regular Eye Exams: Keep up with eye exams to ensure your child’s prescription is up-to-date and their eyes are healthy.
It’s crucial not to overlook the importance of choosing glasses that your child loves. The right pair of glasses can enhance their vision and boost their confidence, while the wrong pair can lead to discomfort and reluctance to wear them.
For personalized advice, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us. It’s easy – just call us at (08) 9386 3620 or click the “Book an Appointment” button on our website.
We’re here to make your child’s journey to perfect vision a smooth and enjoyable one. Let’s find that ideal pair together!
In addition to owning and managing Ezekiel Eyes, Damon is a contact lens consultant to various research organisations. He regularly lectures and conducts workshops in contact lens practice throughout Australia, Asia and the United States. Damon graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Optometry in 1989. He is now married with two children and enjoys running, hockey, swimming, piano, travelling and trekking.
Damon’s professional associations include:
President of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists
Practising Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society
Fellow of the Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia
Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
Member of Optometry Australia
Member of the Orthokeratology Society of Australia
Member of Alcon Australia advisory panel