As a parent, of course your child’s happiness and wellbeing are among your primary concerns, and that extends to buying kids’ prescription glasses in Oshkosh. But with all the different styles, options and factors at play now in children’s eyewear, it can be difficult to know when you are making the right or wrong decision. Fortunately, most of what you really need to know about buying glasses for your child can be covered in a few handy bullet points. With that in mind, here are seven key tips for buying kids’ prescription glasses in Oshkosh:
- Keep it fashionable: The old stigma of being a “four eyes” has mostly disappeared, thanks to innovative design and cultural shifts pushing glasses into the “cool” mainstream. That being said, kids will still be kids. To keep your child from feeling embarrassed about their eyewear, let them have a say in the style, but be ready to step in if they pick something too outlandish.
- Metal vs. plastic: Traditionally, plastic has been considered a smarter choice for kids’ glasses, given that they were more affordable and durable. But kids’ metal glasses now also offer those same qualities. They also tend to be more stylish and “grown-up” looking than plastic frames, which might appeal to your kid.
- Bridge fit: Unlike with an adult, your kid’s nose still has a lot of growing left to do, meaning that finding the right bridge fit can be difficult and elusive. Make sure that your kids’ glasses get properly fitted to each side of their nose. If their glasses start sliding or leaving marks on the sides of their nose, it is time to have them refitted.
- Sporting wear: If your child is active in youth sports, they will need some extra eyewear. Sports goggles are the best way to ensure proper vision while also protecting against injury. If your kid is embarrassed to wear them, try showing them pictures of professional athletes who have worn them, including Tony Parker, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Amar’e Stoudemire.
- Temple fit: The temples are the part of the glasses that go around the ears. More elongated temples that wrap tightly around your child’s ears, called “cable temples,” are especially helpful for children under the age of five.
- Smart warranties: When it comes to buying an important, expensive item for your young child, having a warranty is always a smart idea. Talk to your optometrist or eyeglass shop associate about what the best warranty options are, and ask them to explain in detail so you can be sure you are getting a good deal.
- Have a backup pair: Finally, no matter how careful you are with the fit, chances are your kid will break or lose their glasses at some point. When this happens, it is useful to have an inexpensive backup pair on hand, so that they do not have to wait hours or days before having proper vision again.
For more information on kids’ prescription glasses in Oshkosh, please get in touch with Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe today.