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Choosing Kids Glasses Frames in Lexington, South Carolina

Our optical shop offers a range of stylish frames from popular and trendy brands. These kid-friendly frames are durable and made from high-quality materials that can withstand the wear and tear that comes with a child’s active lifestyle.

Our opticians will help your child find frames that fit their unique face shape, personal style, and prescription needs.

Whether your child needs glasses for everyday wear or for sports and outdoor activities, we have a frame that will meet their needs and that they’ll enjoy wearing.

One out of Five Children Need to Wear Glasses

According to statistics, approximately one out of five children need to wear glasses to see accurately. Unfortunately, it can be hard to get children to wear glasses for one of several reasons. Children can find glasses uncomfortable, "uncool" and unstylish, or too fragile for an active life.

Fortunately, there are strong, comfortable, stylish frames now made for children. These glasses not only improve vision, but they look great. These are some of the things you should look for when buying eyeglass frames for your child:

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The Right Fit for Your Child's Eyeglasses

A Comfortable Correct Fit is Essential for Kids

The frames should not be too big or too small, too close to the cheekbone and not higher than the eyebrow. The frames should fit the face well, and not be wider than the face itself. In general, the smaller the frames the easier it is for a child to forget about them, and not mind wearing them.

However, they need to be large enough so that your child can see easily in all directions. An eye specialist needs to help fit the glasses, because the middle of the glasses needs to be adjusted to directly correspond to the middle of the pupils of the eye.

Even small fitting errors can lead to much less effective vision correction. Parents should resist any urge to buy glasses that are a bit large for their children to grow into.

Glasses Must Fit Properly on the Bridge of the Nose

Children have small noses and bridges, so the nose support of the glasses needs to fit very well, and be comfortable, with padding. If the glasses sit on pressure points, they will be very uncomfortable, and it's unlikely your child will wear them.

A new feature is gel-padding, that makes the nose bridge extra comfortable. With these features the glasses will be more comfortable to wear. Pay attention to the way the frames fit at the temples. They should fit comfortably, without pressure, and without being too loose.

Spring hinges are very strong, and will ensure the frames have a long lifetime of wear. Eyeglasses fitted with sport temples are also an option. These temples are flexible, and are fitted for a child's ear.

Children's frames must have these three things:

Children's frames must be extremely strong, break resistant and light. The ideal frame will be made out of a flexible material that can be bent about without breaking.

For this reason eyeglass frames made of titanium are a good choice, as this material is light and strong.

As for the lenses, polycarbonate lenses are more impact-resistant than other lenses, and are a good choice for children's glasses.

Special sports glasses for children are available, that are made entirely out of plastic, with temples that don't include hinges, and include an elastic strap for the head that helps make sure the glasses stay in place.

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Include Your Child

The most important part of choosing eyeglasses, is choosing them with your child. Include your child in the choice of glasses, among styles that are suitable. If your child likes the way the glasses look and feel, there is a much better chance that your child will actually wear them. When children wear their glasses they are more successful at everything that they do, both casual activities like sports and games, and learning activities at school.

Sunglasses for Kids

Because children spend so much time outdoors in direct sunlight, they need sun protection even more than adults. Wearing sunglasses with wide lenses will protect their eyes and the area around their eyes from UV exposure and damage. Since many eye diseases can be caused by an accumulation of UV exposure over a lifetime, it is important to start preventative measures early, by getting children in the habit of wearing sunglasses when they are outside.

Children that already wear eyeglasses can consider photochromic lenses (which darken in response to sunlight) which basically gives them two pairs of glasses for the price of one. With photochromic lenses, you don’t need to worry about your children switching, and misplacing glasses when they go in or outdoors. We also offer kids' prescription sunglasses as well as kids' polarized sunglasses.

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Sports Glasses for Kids

Is your child active? Sports-related eye injuries are very common in children. To help keep your kids’ delicate eyes and face protected, we offer an extensive selection of sports eyewear and will gladly help you choose the correct pair for your child.

Many designs are formed to fit comfortably into helmets, such as for baseball, hockey or football. A variety of lens tints, anti-reflective coatings and photochromic lenses are also available to enhance eyesight under different environmental conditions. We’ll help fit your child with the ideal frames and lenses to grant a cutting-edge in her preferred sport!