Children should not only be able to see well through their eyewear but they should also feel good wearing it and enjoy looking at the world around them. Here are a few hints from experts to ensure that this is the case.
- Your child’s eyewear should not weigh him or her down – aim for the lightest eyewear possible
- Your child’s eyewear should be durable and hardwearing and move with them; this is even more important than with adult eyewear – so test the eyewear “in motion” and discuss together with your child what the eyewear is going to have to withstand.
- Ideally, your child’s eyewear will grow with your child, i.e. the lenses should be replaceable to ensure that your child simply continues to wear the eyewear if their eyesight changes and when they grow.
- What are your child’s favourite colours? He will most likely prefer wearing eyewear in his favourite colour.
- You can give your child advice but leave the final decision about the choice of eyewear down to him – after all, your child has to feel happy about the eyewear and (generally) wear it every day.
- Explain to your children why he is wearing eyewear so that he can also explain to his friends, should they ask.
- Ask your optician for advice on the choice of lenses. Plastic or polycarbonate (break-proof!) lenses are generally recommended for children.