While we here at SPEX by Ryan specialize in bringing you all sorts of unique and stylish frames that can fit into any lifestyle, we also want to highlight that we carry children’s frames as well! Full of fun bright colours, we have a style and fit that will be sure to put a smile on your child’s face! Here are some tips to help you pick out your child’s next pair of frames!
Do I go with plastic or metal frames?
Often parents will face a choice between plastic or metal frames. In the past, plastic frames have often been recommended for younger children. They are less likely to bend and break, and offer a comfortable fit because they are generally lighter. However, metal frames have come a long way and nowadays offer much of the same durability and comfort that plastic frames will give. One of the only reasons to specifically choose plastic over metal are if your child show any allergies or sensitivities to certain metal alloys, such as nickel. Otherwise feel free to choose the pair that they are in love with, regardless of the frame composition!
Get the right fit.
An important part of finding a proper pair of children’s frames are the fit on the nose bridge. Since children are still growing and developing some frames will slip on a child’s smaller face and nose. While most manufacturer’s will make their children’s nose bridge smaller, you will want one of our expert eyewear technicians to help you ensure that the frames fit properly on your child! This will give them the most comfort when wearing and prevent constant sliding and slipping off.
For very young children there are frames that will wrap around their ears, called temple frames, that also help to ensure that glasses remain on their face. Depending on the activity level of your child, this could be a good option for you! Children who are only prescribed part time wear or use of their glasses may not like this feature if they are constantly having to put their glasses on and off, so make sure to chat with us if you think this would be a good option for your child!
What about lenses?
When it comes to the lenses themselves there are many options which can sometimes be overwhelming. For children you will often want to get a pair of lenses that are resistant to high impacts, such as polycarbonate. Not only will this improve the durability of the lenses, but increase the safety of the lenses as well. There are also scratch resistant coatings, which are especially useful if they will be busy with sports or other high levels of activity.
So there you have it – some basic tips to keep in mind when shopping for children’s frames!
Of course we here at SPEX will always be able to help you with any questions you have and help you and your little one find that perfect pair!