A Well Fitting Frame
This information leaflet will help you and your child to take care of their glasses. Knowing how to look out for signs that their frame is no longer fitting properly is very useful and is discussed in the guidelines below.
Children’s frames are not just a miniature version of adult frames- mature noses and cheeks are proportionally different than children’s.
Kids’ frames are designed with this in mind.
A good well fitting frame is important, if a child can take part in the choice of frame this usually helps with the co-operation to wear the glasses. Your optometrist will help to make sure that the frame is right for your child. It is important to note that a child will not report that a frame is ‘tight’ or ‘loose’, as an adult would. As parents / teachers you can be very proactive in detecting any frame related problems early on.
Below are some quick guidelines to help check that the frame is fitting comfortably.
The sides of the frame are long enough to fit around the ears (curl sides can help glasses stay on younger children).
Check there is no redness around or at the back of the ears; or sides of the face.
Check that the bridge doesn’t pinch, or cause redness or rubbing at the sides of the nose. Make sure the glasses aren’t allowed to slide down the nose, this is important to prevent the child from receiving the benefit of the glasses by looking over the top of the frames (or underneath if frames are too shallow).
Plenty of room around the lenses to allow air to flow around the eyes
Check that the frame isn’t bent or crooked; this is detrimental as the child will no longer be looking through the correct part of the lens and therefore will not see optimally.
Spring hinges will increase durability
Impact resistant polycarbonate lenses are useful for very busy children,
Be careful of nickel allergy; skin rash can occur if in contact with a metal frame. A titanium or plastic frame will resolve this problem.
Check lenses are always clean and are not like ‘looking out of little dirty windows’! A spray and microfiber cloth are available from all optometrists. However very grubby lenses can be washed with washing up liquid and warm water, then dried with a soft tissue (not kitchen roll or paper towels as these can scratch lenses).
Everyone can learn to look after their glasses that little bit better by keeping them in their case at night or when your not wearing them. By removing glasses with two hands rather than one, prevents warping the frame. Never set glasses face down; this will prevent scratching the surface of the lenses.
‘Comfort bridge’ nose pieces can make the fit more secure and comfortable.
Your child is much more likely to wear his or her glasses if they are comfortable and fit properly.
‘Kids will be kids’ and it is much better that glasses are worn, than kept safe in a drawer. If your child has visual problems quite often they are entitled to a free second pair which can be kept just in case something happens to their everyday pair.
Children grow out of shoes & clothing quickly; and glasses are no different. By keeping a check on these points you can call into your local optician to adjust, repair or even replace the frame if necessary.