Children’s eyeglasses are essential to their sight and eye development. A child’s vision is constantly changing, which means their prescription may change as they grow. That’s why yearly exams are essential to children’s eye care. At Pearle Vision, we offer a comprehensive eye exam that can help check your child’s vision as it develops. If they need a new prescription, our eye care experts can help you pick the perfect pair of kids’ eyeglasses after your exam. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of frames, lenses and designer brands that will make your child look, feel and see great.
Choosing the Right Frames
We offer a range of frame shapes and styles in some of the most popular designer brands. You can also choose from a variety of shapes to complement your child’s face. Before picking out frames for your kid’s eyeglasses, view our face shape guide to learn which style would look best and how should glasses fit on a child.
In addition to the brand and shape, you’ll also want to consider what material your kid’s frames are made of. Lightweight and durable frames are ideal for children, especially those who play sports. While there are various styles to choose from, the two best materials for kids’ eyeglasses are acetate and metal.
Acetate frames for kids’ eyeglasses are ideal because they are affordable, lightweight and durable. They come in a variety of shapes and colors, making them a popular fashion statement among adults, too. Furthermore, most acetate frames are typically hypoallergenic, which are great for kids with allergies.
Metal frames are lightweight, easy to adjust and more durable than plastic frames. They are difficult to break and can easily be bent back into place if damaged. While metal frames don’t come in as many color choices as plastic, they won’t discolor when exposed to sunlight. Kids will be able to choose from standard options like gold, silver and black.
Children’s Eye Lenses
When it comes to kids’ eyeglasses, choosing the right lens material is just as important as choosing the right frame material. You’ll want something durable, light and scratch-resistant to ensure they last your child a long time. We recommend staying away from lenses made of glass because they are heavy and can break easily compared to other materials.
If your kid needs eyeglasses, polycarbonate is the best lens option. The material is impact-resistant, making it safer than glass lenses. It also has built-in protection against UV rays, so your child’s eyes are protected both indoors and outdoors. Moreover, this type of lens is lightweight, which makes it more comfortable to wear. Here’s what you should know about it:
Polycarbonate material was first developed by the aerospace industry to make helmet visors worn by astronauts. Now it’s used to make a variety of other products as well, including windshields and eyeglasses. Because of its lightweight and impact-resistant qualities, this material is ideal for kids’ eyeglass lenses. Polycarbonate lenses are:
- Durable: Polycarbonate lenses are 10 times more impact-resistant than plastic lenses, making them ideal for children involved in sports.
- Lightweight: Lighter and thinner than plastic and glass lenses, polycarbonate lenses make for a more comfortable and attractive fit.
- UV and Blue Light Resistant: Polycarbonate material is a natural UV filter that can block over 99% of the sun’s rays and blue light emitted from digital screens without the need for extra coatings.
Scheduling a Yearly Exam
Before purchasing a new pair of kid’s eyeglasses, make sure your child’s vision hasn’t changed. Schedule an appointment at your neighborhood Pearle Vision EyeCare Center for a comprehensive eye exam. In addition to checking your child’s vision, eye exams can help detect any health issues early on. If your child is experiencing eye problems or is having trouble reading, call us today.