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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 – directed particularly at parents – 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
- Ensure that the eyewear fits well. Alongside the choice of material, the correct length of the temples and also the choice of nose bridges are crucial for a correct fit
- Take your time – you can’t buy your children’s eyewear in ten minutes. Ultimately your child should be happy wearing the eyewear and see well through it for some time. Allow around an hour for this
- As your child’s eyes are still growing, the fit and lens thickness of his eyewear should be checked regularly.
- Optimum storage and handling – a hard case – will extend the service life of all eyewear and children’s eyewear. Make your child aware of this
- Show your child how to clean his eyewear using dry, soft eyewear cleaning cloths and – if seriously dirty – lukewarm water with a little soap and special eyewear cleaning sprays
- Ask your optician for advice on the choice of lenses. Plastic or polycarbonate (break-proof!) lenses are generally recommended for children
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