Eyeglasses Prescription for your Child
The Licensed Optician will be looking for a frame that will hold the lenses in place so that the child is looking – not above, not below but through the optical center of the lenses. The weight of the glasses will tend to cause them to slide and the corrective affect to be compromised. The nasal area of the frame must match as closely as possible the natural slope and flare of the nose. Nose pads on metal frames can be tailored to fit. Plastic frames are less forgiving but a good match can be found. The temples must be long enough so that they can be shaped to lie securely between the head and the ear.
Wearing contact lenses requires a level of maturity and self-discipline that is not necessarily associated with age. The fact is that a contact lens is a foreign body in your eye and, if not respected has the potential to damage your corneal tissue and negatively impact your vision. The decision to allow the child to wear contacts should involve a discussion with the child’s eye doctor and a qualified contact lens fitter like a Licensed Optician.
Prescription Sports Glasses for Children!
Physical protection of the eye should be the first priority when anybody is engaged in sports. You invest in hockey and baseball helmets, knee pads and other protective gear, why would you not invest in eye protection? Statistics show that 90% of eye injuries can be prevented if sports glasses are worn. Contact lenses are an alternative but while they solve the visual acuity problem they do not provide physical protection. If contact lenses are your child’s choice, non-prescription goggles with polycarbonate lenses are the optimum.