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Posted on 10-17-2016

After your child undergoes a vision exam with an optometrist in Indianapolis, you will work with an eye care professional to select a frame and pair of lenses for your child’s new glasses. If your child has never worn prescription eye glasses before, you may be unsure of where to start when shopping for frames.

While most optometrists recommend polycarbonate lenses with an anti-scratch coating and anti-glare feature, you will have many options when it comes to selecting frames. Consider these tips when choosing a complimentary frame for your child’s glasses.

Material

Plastic frames are durable and lightweight, making them a great option for a child who needs glasses. Plastic will not dent if dropped. If you do choose a metal frame, titanium is a great choice because it is flexible and easy for the eye care Indianapolis Indianapolis eye exam care team to adjust to fit your child.

Color and Shape

Choosing the color and shape of frames is an activity that your child may want to do along with you. Children with a round face shape may benefit from square or cat’s eye shaped frames, while children with an oval or heart shaped face may do well with rounder frames and lenses. Plastic frames come in every color of the rainbow, and some even include rhinestones or other decorative touches. Metal frames come in shades of silver, gold and bronze. You can also find black metal glasses frames.

Getting a Great Fit

The optometrist will measure your child’s pupillary distance, bridge width and general face size to help you choose a frame that fits well. This information, however, can be obtained through the initial eye exam. For your child’s comfort, choose frames that have silicone nose pads. These pads keep the glasses in place while your child is active.

Spring hinges also help to ensure a steady fit. If your child is younger than 3, ear pieces that are coated with silicone can help to increase comfort and maintain a snug fit. Children younger than one year old should use an elastic strap attached to the glasses. The elastic strap fits around the back of the child’s head to keep the glasses in place.

Sources:

Top 6 Features to Look for in Kids’ Eyeglasses, vision.about.com

How to Choose Glasses for Kids, parenting.com

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