It is way too early to say the words Back to School, but summertime is when we take care of as many appointments as possible - dentist, yearly physicals and eye doctor. So while this isn't a Back to School post, our family is thinking about what frames my girl will be wearing in the Fall. Today we're thrilled to have great information from Divina Helene, owner of Children's Eyeworks. She's going to tell us how to select glasses for your child and what are a few early signs to look for if your child might need glasses. If you have any other questions, be sure to leave them in the comment section below.
The Little Style File: How did Children's Eyeworks come to be?
Divina Helene: I grew up in the high-end optical business; for nearly forty years, my family's Rims & Goggles of San Francisco (www.RGSF.com) has been providing unparalleled service, selection, and value for generations of families in the Bay Area. I launched Children’s Eyeworks in Fall 2011 - six months after giving birth to my son - in an effort to bring what I had always loved doing home with me. I wanted to bring the very latest and greatest in infant and children's eyewear to families across the globe who may otherwise have no access to such fun and unique eyewear for their children. Owning a Web-based business has been a blessing because it allows me to do what I love from home so I can spend every single day with my son.
TLSF: What are signs parents can look for to know if their child might need glasses?
DH: If you suspect a vision problem, it's best to contact your pediatrician who can refer you to a pediatric ophthalmologist. Tell-tale signs that your infant or young child might need glasses are head tilting, eyes turning inward or outward, unequal pupil sizes, a large cornea in one or both eyes, and a drooping eyelid are all signs of a possible vision problem. In toddlers and older children, parents may notice them sitting too close to the TV, squinting, pulling books or papers unusually close to the face, having a difficult time focusing on one activity, or constant red, teary, tired eyes.
TLSF: Are there any tips for picking out the best glasses for your child?
DH: The most useful tip I can give parents for picking out the best glasses for their child is to keep in mind the child's lifestyle. This can encompass many things such as age, activity level, and how the glasses will primarily be used. For example, a child who is just learning to walk would be far better off in a soft, hingeless frame than in a metal frame with nose pads! Or, for a child that is required to wear his glasses all day, the weight and comfort of a frame is a much more important issue than it would be for a child who only needs his glasses intermittently.
TLSF: How do you know what shape of frames will look best on your child's face?
DH: Finding the best frame shape for your child's face is all about maintaining a sense of balance. Children with very round faces tend to look better in square or rectangular shapes, while children with longer or more angular faces look better in softer, rounder shapes.
TLSF: What trends in kids' glasses are you seeing for this fall and back to school?
DH: That classic, "geek-chic" look is particularly on-trend this year (i.e., round, wayfarer-like, or aviator). Clean, simple lines can make a bold statement and never really look dated.
TR-90 is a very resilient material that's becoming more popular among eyewear manufacturers, too. Brands like Swing Eyewear have the added advantage because they are using an all-natural TR-90 which keeps the material in it's more organic state; it's anti-bacterial, hypo-allergenic, and super lightweight and flexible.
Thanks, Divina, for sharing your expertise in children's eyewear and style with our readers! Visit ChildrensEyeworks.com for a great selection of high quality, stylish glasses for infants to big kids.