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4 Tips for Purchasing Your Child's First Pair of Glasses

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Even though your child may be happy that they can see clearly, they may not be thrilled with the idea of wearing glasses. If your child needs to start wearing glasses, then you should consider a few factors, for example, if the material can stand up to the wear and tear of childhood and most importantly if your child likes the glasses. Here are a few tips to help ensure the first eyewear purchase for your child is a success. 
1. Let Your Child Help Pick the Glasses Out
A pair of glasses is an expensive purchase for many parents. Having to replace the glasses because your child misplaced them or lost them is an additional expense you'll want to avoid at all cost. One way to encourage your child to be responsible for a pair of glasses is to let your child take ownership over them. Children are often more responsible for items that they feel are theirs.
Let your child have a say when it is time to purchase the glasses. You might select the appropriate materials for the frames and lenses, but you can let your child pick the frame style and the shape of the lenses. Children are more likely to wear their glasses if they are happy with how they look.
2. Invest in Accessories That Help Your Child Keep Track of the Glasses
Accessories are one way to help a child learn how to properly store and care for a pair of glasses. For example, you might add an eyeglass cord to your child's glasses. Not only will the cord keep the glasses from flying off during playtime but also your child can wear the glasses around their neck instead of placing them on the closest surface.
You should also purchase a few glasses cases so that your child always has a place to store the glasses. Consider purchasing a glasses case for home and one for school so that your child always has access to a case.
3. Select the Best Lens Materials for Your Child's Lifestyle
You have a few alternatives when it comes to the materials that you select for your child's lenses. Some factors that you have to consider are price, comfort, and durability. Your child's prescription will also dictate which materials you choose.
Plastic is one of the most popular options for lenses, but it comes in varying indexes. As the index increases, the thickness of the lens decreases. If your child has an extremely strong prescription that might normally require a thick lens, then high-index plastic is one way to make the lenses thinner and more lightweight. Children normally find lighter glasses more comfortable to wear.
Polycarbonate is another lens alternative that is resistant to shattering. This makes it ideal for active kids on the go. This material is also thinner and lighter than a comparable plastic lens, however, it is usually more expensive.
4. Consider Photochromic Transition Lenses
When purchasing your child's eyeglasses, one option is photochromic lenses. Photochromic lenses darken upon exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Once they are no longer in sunlight, the lens return to their normal clear shade.
Some parents opt for photochromic lenses because they do not want their children to have to keep up with a separate pair of prescription sunglasses. They may feel more at ease knowing that their children are always protected from UV exposure.
However, a downside of photochromic lenses is that they take longer to change when the weather is cold. They also don't work well in cars. If you live in a cold climate or your child spends a lot of time in the car, then you may prefer to purchase a pair of prescription sunglasses or a pair of clip-on sunglasses instead.
Is it time for your child's annual exam? Contact us at St. Pierre Eye Care today so that we can assist you with all of your vision needs.