Giving Children Perfect Vision

Children's glasses have to be tough and withstand activities such as sports, school, and playtime. A child's glasses should be unbreakable, flexible and as lightweight as possible. 

Children's eyewear has come a long way. Today, many fashionable frames are available and the days when lenses had to be as thick as armored glass are long gone. When looking for the perfect eyewear for a child, there are a few things to keep in mind.

What's true for adults naturally applies to children: a pair of glasses has to fully compensate for vision problems. This ensures that children will be able to go through their young lives with perfectly clear sight and for school, sport, play, and developing their coordination and motor skills. That's why it is even more important that children with vision challenges wear glasses that give them 20/20 vision.

When reading a book or the blackboard in the classroom, when playing with others or studying on the computer; even while watching television, the eyes of children have to work, and undetected vision problems can make the work harder, or even impossible. Children with vision problems who cross streets or ride bikes to get to school absolutely need good glasses. Make sure your child's vision aid meets all of the following requirements and always remember - your child's eyes are precious: 

  • Highly impact resistant
  • Reliable scratch-resistance
  • Anti-reflective coating that cleans easel
  • Perfect fit

Tip: Have your child's eyes examined before the school year begins. Vision checks can be performed by an optometrist. It might be a good idea to ask your insurance provider whether coverage for your child's glasses is provided. A vision test does not take a lot of time and getting one will ensure that your child will begin the new school year without being held back by impaired vision.

Research has shown that the sooner a child with vision problems gets to experience the world through quality lenses, the better his or her vision will develop as the years progress. Fortunately, glasses no longer have the stigma they once held for children, thanks to youthful heroes like Harry Potter.

Another important factor: spending time outside is beneficial for a child's eyes. According to Australian researchers, two to three hours spent in the natural light a day lowers the risk of a further decline in the child's vision.

Frames made of flexible lightweight metals are particularly well suited for children. The lenses should be made from lightweight, impact-resistant plastic material such as polycarbonate, which greatly reduces the risk of injury. It is the responsibility of your eye care professional to ensure that your child's glasses fit perfectly. Glasses should neither be too tight nor too loose on the head and they should definitely never put pressure on the ear lobes.

At Shopko Eyecare Center, we offer free:

  • Periodic eyeglass inspections
  • Eyeglass adjustments
  • Eyeglass cleaning


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