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Eyeglasses for Children

Paediatric Eye Care

Dr Monika Mittal
Dr Monika Mittal
2 min read

If you’re a parent in search of the right pair of eyeglasses for your child, this is just the right read for you. For starters, most children who need eyeglasses are either nearsighted or farsighted. Depending on the degree of visual correction necessary, your eye doctor will prescribe glasses for full- or part-time wear. The eyeglass prescription is always the primary consideration in choosing glasses. Before you start looking for the frames, consult with the optician about lens considerations. Many eye care hospitals in India have an in-house optician and optical store in their premises. It is important to keep the frames as small as possible to reduce the final lens thickness. Children’s frames are made of either plastic or metal. Earlier plastic frames were a better choice for children because they were considered more durable, lighter in weight and less costly. But now, such metal frames with hypo allergic properties are available. It is best advised to get glasses with adjustable nose pads for more convenience. An optician usually is the best judge of whether a frame fits properly.

Temples that wrap around the back of the ear help keep glasses from sliding down or dropping off a child’s face completely. Another option is a strap that goes around the head. Kids are not always careful when they put on and take off glasses, and spring hinges can help prevent the need for frequent adjustments and costly repairs. They also come in handy if the child falls asleep with the glasses on. Spring hinges are strongly recommended for toddlers, who sometimes get carried away playing with their new glasses. Buying eyeglasses can be an easy task if the above tips are followed.