When children have to get glasses at a young age, they often end up damaging both the frames and the lenses due to their active lives (and in some cases, their carelessness). Some eyeglasses lenses can be very costly – often more than the frames themselves, in fact. Here are some tips to help both parents and their children with glasses get and care for the right lenses, so the kids can see clearly and so their glasses will last longer.
One of the most common issues with kids and their glasses is that they become scratched up over time, leading to lower visibility. Kids (and sometimes adults) tend to lay their glasses on their bedside table at night, or toss their glasses in a bag. Any time the lenses come into contact with a hard surface, whether it is a nightstand table top or a cellphone or other personal items in a bag, it will lead to scratched lenses.
Scratch-resistant lenses have a protective coating that is applied over the lens. This coating can greatly reduce the amount of scratching on the lenses and help expand their lifespan and functionality greatly.
When it comes to children's eye glass lenses, it is always a good idea to invest in the most impact-resistant lenses possible. Polycarbonate lenses are one of the best options for high-impact lenses, and they are also more lightweight and offer more UV protection. If your child plays sports or spends a great deal of time outdoors, polycarbonate lenses may be a fabulous investment.
When your child gets their first pair of eyeglasses (hopefully with polycarbonate and scratch-resistant lenses), they will need to learn how to take care of them.
Always use a soft and smooth material to wipe the lens clean. Never use coarse paper towels or rough fabrics. This can scratch even the best lenses. You can clean the lenses with warm water and soap, and wipe them clean with a chamois-type fabric.
Be sure to encourage your child to use their glasses case whenever they take their glasses off. If necessary, get them a case for their school bag and one for home. These cases provide protection from breakage and scratches.
With these tips, it is possible for a child to wear glasses without as much trouble. Choose the right lenses and be consistent in basic maintenance for clear vision for a long time.