Kids love to play dress up. They will wear everything and everything for the name of fun. Putting on a pair of mom or dad’s old glasses is especially fun! The fun sees to come to an end, however, when it becomes a necessity to wear the glasses. This, combined with the ever increasing expenses of raising a child can sometimes lead parents to buy a pair of cheap glasses for their child without a second thought. Instead, why not make wearing glasses fun again? Here are 3 tips to help you find affordable glasses that you child will actually want to wear!
Let Them Help
When it comes to glasses, getting kids to wear them is more than half the battle. Instead of simply choosing the least expensive pair you can find, let your child help you pick them out. If they are involved in the process they will be more likely to wear them willingly. For a more outgoing child, it might be a simple as choosing a pair of brightly colored frames with polka-dots that will draw a lot of attention and compliments. Another child might be drawn to a rimless pair to minimize the effect.
Avoid Licensed Characters
While it is important to let your child have a say in what eyeglasses you purchase, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she gets to have the last word. If your child is drawn to glasses with a particular character on the temple you will probably want to steer him or her in another direction when you are trying to keep the cost down. You will likely pay a premium for glasses with a licensed character. Not to mention that even though that character is all the rage today, there is a good possibility that your child will outgrow the beloved character before the glasses are outgrown. This will save you money in the long run as well.
Look For Features That Increase The Durability And Comfort
Let’s face it: kids are tough on everything! They can wear holes in the knees of their pants in the blink of an eye. They drop things, sit on things and throw things around. If you want a pair of glasses to last, it is a good idea to spend a little extra on features designed to increase the durability of the frames and lenses. A few of the most popular features include:
Spring hinges: Frames with spring hinges allow the earpiece to flex away from the temples without breaking.
Polycarbonate lenses: Polycarbonate is a lightweight material that is more impact-resistant than other types of lens materials, yet is still less expensive than Trivex lenses.
Scratch-resistant coating: This will prevent the lenses from getting damaged when they are taken off and shoved into backpacks or whatever.
Adjustable bridge: These are typically only available on wire frames, but they allow the wearer to adjust the nose pieces to his or her own comfort level. A proper fitting bridge will also prevent the glasses from falling on the floor when your child bends over to pick something up or playing on the playground.