5 easy steps to buying your child’s spectacles

March 12, 2019
  • Get lenses that are wide enough
    1 / 5 Get lenses that are wide enough

    There’s no rule when it comes to choosing frame shapes for your child. But it’s the size of the lenses that’s important, says Koh Lian Buck, an optometrist at Pearl’s Visioncare, who has been practising for over 20 years.

    “Your kid should be able to see when he gazes up and down, and left and right,” he explains. “Choose lenses that are wide enough to not interfere with his vision.”

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  • Choose a frame made from a hypoallergenic material
    2 / 5 Choose a frame made from a hypoallergenic material

    You’ll want a frame that is soft and lightweight.

    Frames made from titanium dioxide are less likely to trigger skin allergies than, say, nickel-based ones.

    Plastic or polyamide frames are also ideal.

    Related: What to do when your child refuses to wear glasses

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  • Get durable frames for active kids
    3 / 5 Get durable frames for active kids

    Spectacles made from a durable material are a good option for active, sporty children.

    Try materials such as polycarbonate or Trivex.

    “The lenses and the frame should be impact-resistant so they do not crack or break,” he says.

    Related: More Singapore kids getting myopic at a younger age and developing high myopia faster

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  • Silicone nose pads are great for flat nose bridges
    4 / 5 Silicone nose pads are great for flat nose bridges

    If Junior has a flat nose bridge, he may struggle with his spectacles constantly sliding off his nose.

    Lian Buck advises you to choose a frame with silicone nose pads.

    “Spectacles that slide off the nose should be replaced, because they can affect your kid’s eyesight. Some manufacturers make spectacle frames specifically for Asian faces. So ask your child’s optometrist to recommend some.”

    Silicone nose pads “stick” to the skin so they won’t slide off.

    However, such nose pads can abrade the skin on either side of the nose. If your child complains of redness or discomfort on the sides of his nose, his spectacles may be too tight or he could be allergic to the nose pads.

    In which case, ask his optometrist to refit his spectacles. Or get Junior to moisturise the sides of his nose often, to minimise the discomfort.

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  • Ensure the right fit
    5 / 5 Ensure the right fit

    Sometimes, the indentation from the silicone nose pads may be more prominent on one side of your kid’s nose.

    If this is the case, Lian Buck says that his spectacles probably haven’t been fitted properly.

    Ask his optometrist to adjust them.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

    Related: Does my child need glasses?

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