Pediatric frames can be challenging, but at Eyes of New Mexico we work hard to make it easier on the kids and the parents.
Recent statistics show that nearly one in five children needs glasses. But taking your child to the eye doctor sounds like the last thing you want to put on your to-do list. All parents know that kids don’t like to sit still for long. At Eyes of New Mexico, we totally understand. If your child has had a bad experience somewhere else, it can be even more difficult to help them relax and feel secure in a new doctor’s office.
Dr. Martinez has extensive background in pediatric eye care, and everyone on the staff is happy to help provide the kind of care you hope for and expect for your children. Even if they like to wiggle.
More and more parents are taking proactive steps to manage their children’s vision needs. We see a lot of young patients with varying degrees of vision changes, impairment, and eye conditions, some which require the right glasses to help them see correctly. Poor vision can affect a child’s confidence, socialization, friendships, reading, and learning. Instead of pulling your hair out trying to get them fitted for the right frames and lenses, let us help.
Finding the Right Frames
Frame size is critical for all patients, but especially for children who have a harder time putting concerns into words. It’s our job to help you make the best choice in frames for your kids. Kids want to look cool, especially as they get older. The more socially aware they are, the more they become aware of how others perceive them. We want them to feel confident and positive in their new glasses. But we also want them to be effective. That’s where frame size comes in.
Here are the areas of focus in our customized frame-finding service:
The look of the frames – we want your child to feel comfortable looking at the available frames and picking some of their favorites. Whether they choose based on shape, color, or even sparkle factor, we want to work with what they like first and then help them choose what works for their lenses based on those choices.
Frame material – kids are rough on stuff. With that in mind, it’s important to choose the right materials for your child’s glasses. Lightweight, shatter-resistant, sturdy materials will give you the biggest bang for your buck and reduce the potential for breakage.
The fit of the frames – eyeglass frames should never be too big or too small, especially for kids. If they’re too small they will be uncomfortable, and it can create an aversion to wearing them. If they’re too big they won’t stay on and they’ll risk losing or breaking them. Other considerations are where they sit in relation to their features. They should not go above the eyebrows and they should not rest on their cheeks. Smaller frames tend to be more comfortable for children, but they need to be large enough to adequately accommodate the type of lens they require.
Activity considerations – many kids play sports and do other activities that can affect their glasses and their ability to wear them comfortably. Opt for sports frames that are flexible and comfortable and more likely to stay put when your child is running, jumping, and playing.
Once your child has their new glasses, it’s time for some patience and encouragement. It takes time to adjust to new glasses, especially for kids who are impatient and don’t always understand the need and benefits. We’re here to help at every step of the way.
Contact our team of compassionate and patient professionals for your child’s eye care needs, including fitting them with the right pediatric frames and lenses.