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Tips for choosing children's glasses

Tips for choosing children's glasses


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If we have already been told that our child needs glasses, the most normal thing is that we have some doubts. How should the glasses be? They are not all the same. And not only does the mount change, but also there are different types of crystals with very varied characteristics.

For example, there are more or less resistant frames, made of different materials, and lenses with the ability to eliminate reflections, to prevent them from fogging up ... Here are some tips for choosing your child's glasses.

Before choosing the frame of the glasses for our son, we must take into account:

- That they are the appropriate size for the child's face. They should not be too small or too large thinking that it will grow. The frame must be the right size that does not exceed the eyebrow or rest on the cheekbones, nor should they leave marks on the temple. The size of the eyes and the distance between them must also be taken into account.

- Usually, plastic glasses are usually recommended, because the material is more resistant and gives the child more freedom. In the case of babies or very young children, we recommend using de silicone frames, light and very flexible material that resists twisting and adjusts well to the features of the little ones. For older children, or even those suffering from allergies to metals such as nickel, the use of materials such as like titanium, very light, resistant and hypoallergenic.

- The temples of the frame must be of adequate length so that they are not too big or too short when we adapt them to the ear. Nor should they press on the temple, or leave a mark, or wounds behind the ear. To avoid this, they must reach the earlobe and it is recommended that they have soft terminals. Likewise, it would be convenient if the rods had a flexible system so that they resist the possible blows or pulls of the glasses without damaging it.

- That the bridge of the saddle rests well on the child's nose. If we can get the frame to sit well on the nose, the weight of the frame will be better distributed and will not leave marks.

- If the child performs some type of sports activity, we should choose one sport line frame according to the activity that you are going to carry out and that you only use for these moments (sports with the ball or ball, contact sports such as judo or karate, swimming, etc.)

- That the child like them. As long as they are willing to contribute their opinion (no matter how small), it is important to consider what you like because the success of wearing them will lie in that you are comfortable with them and feel good.

- Is essential let them be organic lenses and, within them, of polycarbonate or a smaller material, since polycarbonate is a much more resistant material to breakage than normal organic lenses.

- If the child's graduation is high, we recommend choose a lens as small as possible, not only for aesthetics but also for weight, image distortions (the thicker the lens, the more distortions it generates and the worse the image quality).

- That the lens covers the whole eye well to allow, wherever I look, to do so through it. To do this, the lenses must be well adjusted and centered, so that the optical center coincides with the center of the child's pupil, since if this center does not exist, image quality will be lost (it worsens by up to 40%).

- That the lenses have anti-scratch and anti-reflective treatments. On the one hand, organic lenses have less resistance to scratches, so, especially in the case of children, it is important that they wear this surface treatment that provides greater resistance to scratches. On the other hand, when putting a lens in front of the eye, a lot of glare is generated due to the reflection of light (both artificial and natural) on the lens. These highlights, like streaks, cause a decrease in contrast and image quality. An anti-reflective treatment eliminates most glare. And, in this way, a more natural image is achieved with a more transparent and more aesthetic lens that avoids, in turn, possible discomfort to the child's eyes.

(Photograph by Alain Afflelou)

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