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One Out of Five Children Need to Wear Glasses

According to statistics, approximately one out of five children need to wear glasses to see accurately. Unfortunately, it can be hard to get children to wear glasses for one of several reasons. Children can find glasses uncomfortable, “uncool” and unstylish, or too fragile for an active life.

Fortunately, there are strong, comfortable, stylish frames now made for children. These glasses not only improve vision, but they look great. These are some of the things you should look for when buying eyeglass frames for your child:

The Right Fit for Your Child's Eyeglasses

A Comfortable Correct Fit is Essential for Kids

Frames for young children should be fitted with the thought that these glasses are going to be with the child for one years worth of growth. The younger the child is, the less developed the nose bridge is, requiring the frame to either have adjustable nose pads or a wider, flatter saddle bridge.

The prescription also needs to be taken into account for optimum acuity as well as to create a better looking pair of eyewear. We are looking to create glasses for your child that will look good, feel good and provide the best vision possible.

Parents should understand that their child's vision will change during their developmental years and will want their child to be seen at least annually to monitor changes in vision. There are new eyeglass lens and contact lens technologies coming out all the time to deal with how our children use their vision in today's digital world, and our opticians will discuss those options with you.

Glasses Must Fit Properly on the Bridge of the Nose

Young children have small noses and bridges, so the nose support of the glasses needs to fit very well, and be comfortable. If the glasses sit on pressure points, they will be very uncomfortable, and it's unlikely your child will wear them.

Your optician will look for the type of bridge that will work best with your child's facial features in order to get the best fit. We are often able to retro fit adjustable nose pads to plastic frames.

Spring hinges sometimes help to keep eyewear from coming out of adjustment faster, but do add more moving parts that can get broken or damaged. If your child is active in sports or other activities that may put a lot of stress on their eyewear, it is recommended that sport goggles are used. Sport goggles are more durable and will provide additional safety for their eyes.

Children's Frames Must Have These Three Things:

Children may need several pairs of glasses, such as sport googles, dress eyewear and a backup or spare pair. Remember: 80% of our learning is visual, so we do not want our children to be without their corrective eyewear for even the shortest period of time.

If you are looking for extra-strong frames for your child, titanium is the strongest material that eyewear is made from, and provides a lightweight and durable frame.

As for the lenses, polycarbonate and trivex lenses are more impact-resistant than other lenses, and are a free upgrade for all of our children's glasses. Ask about our kids' eyeglass warranties. We provide the best warranty in the industry.

Special sports glasses for children are available, that are made entirely out of plastic, with temples that don't include hinges, and include an elastic strap for the head that helps make sure the glasses stay in place.

Children's Eyeglasses We Carry

Penguin kids

kids by safilo small

Safilo Kids


Lilly pulitzer girls


The most important part of choosing eyeglasses, is choosing them with your child. Include your child in the choice of glasses, among styles that are suitable. If your child likes the way the glasses look and feel, there is a much better chance that your child will actually wear them. When children wear their glasses they are more successful at everything that they do, both casual activities like sports and games, and learning activities at school.

  • Because children spend so much time outdoors in direct sunlight, they need sun protection even more than adults.