Choosing the perfect pair of glasses for your child can be a stressful ordeal. Having options is great, but when there are so many different frames and lens materials to choose from, it can be overwhelming, to say the least. Not to mention, you can’t forget the importance of eye protection, long-term durability, and warranties – these are a must!
To help you on your quest of finding the right kids glasses, here are a few easy tips that will come in handy along the way:
1) Fashion is #1
If you are going through the hassle of finding glasses that your child will take care of and love to wear, paying attention to style is key. If your child doesn’t feel good or doesn’t enjoy wearing a pair of glasses, then it will be very difficult to get them into this routine.
By all means, take safety and UV-protection into consideration, but don’t forget to listen to your child’s opinions. After all – they will be the ones wearing the glasses every day and the last thing you want is for them to get teased or picked on because their parents gave them “uncool” glasses.
2) Lens Thickness
The thickness of the glasses’ lenses will depend on your child’s eye prescription. Stronger prescriptions need thicker lenses and weaker prescriptions can be corrected easily with thinner lenses. However, thicker lenses tend to be heavier and need to be fitted with frames that can protect them properly.
3) Plastic or Metal?
When it comes to frames, both plastic and metal (wire) frames are durable. In recent years, many eyewear manufacturers have begun to duplicate adult eyewear designs into children’s glasses. That means you may even be able to find a mini-version of your own pair of glasses for your little one.
4) Lens Material
After you’ve found the perfect frames, the next step is choosing lenses. When it comes to children’s eyewear, polycarbonate lenses are highly recommended. They are extremely durable, scratch-resistant and offer excellent optics. Not to mention, they have built in protection against harmful UV radiation and can be made for any eye prescription.
It’s wise to stay away from glass lenses as these can easily break and cause serious eye damage.
5) Sports Eyewear
If your child has an interest in contact sports, it may be a good time to invest in a pair of sports goggles.
Although regular polycarbonate lenses are durable enough, normal eyeglasses frames do not hold up so well when subjected to trauma. Sports goggles offer that little bit of extra protection and strength while providing the same great vision as normal prescription glasses. A pair of backup glasses probably wouldn’t hurt either.
VisionDirect offer several of the best-selling kids’ eyeglasses including the Gucci 5011 model and the Dolce & Gabbana DG3205 models. Check out our full range here.
We’ve all heard the heart-wrenching OOO calls made by children who have had the incredible presence of mind to phone for help when an emergency arises. These stories never cease to amazing and serve to remind us that kids are like little sponges; they really do have a great understanding of what is going on around them and are capable of many things, not the least saving a life.
And noone knows this better than Toby the Teddy does Buddy First Aid, who is launching Australia’s First Early Years 1st Aid program, teaching children from as young as 3 what to do in an emergency and how to save a life.
Launching on WORLD FIRST AID DAY, 10th September, the program will set out on a mission to create awareness and teach all Australian children about 000 services and how to deliver first aid. The program also will also create awareness about common childhood emergencies such as Asthma and Anaphylaxis. The clever new program aims to be implemented into pre- school programs and run as an optional incursion for early learning centres with the vision of it being a compulsory addition the childhood learning.
“With the dramatic increase of Anaphylaxis and the existence of Asthma it is vital that all children have an understanding of each condition and how to alert a caregiver to help,” states Nataly, the founder of WONDERWOMAN Children.
“With the changes in society and family structures, meaning increase of single parent families and grandparents taking on the role as caretakers it is not uncommon for young children to need to call for help,” Nataly said.
Toby the Teddy does Buddy First Aid uses a recently published Australian storybook as a resource to its program, ‘Is This An Emergency? Ambulance’ and features the star of the book Toby the Teddy throughout the program.
This course will be offered Nationally.
For more information see www.wonderwomanchildren.com/tobytheteddy
As far as lust-worthy, must-have items go, this one has legs. Eight in fact.
The OCTOPUS Watch for kids is soon to hit the market and we’re camping out in poll-position to snag this brilliant device that not only easily shows your kids the time, but also how to manage it. ‘Bout time.
Syncing to your own iPhone, the watch is a scheduler that can be programmed to remind your little one to brush their teeth, make their beds or take the library book back by Friday (or cop a fine). This very smartwatch features icons that are easy to understand that represent things like breakfast time, play time and time for a bath, along with of course displaying the actual time digitally. Because of the use of icons, the Octopus can be used by kids ages from three to eight years old who may not yet know how to tell time.
It also grows up with your child, offering three different age modes for different stages of development. With the second and third modes, the child will learn how to tell time as the watch face turns to an analog clock. And you can forget the star chart as there is even a built-in gamification feature that parents can turn on so kids can unlock rewards if they complete their chores.
The watch comes in a few pop-colours including Blue Sky, Lemon Green, Pink Candy and Dark Grey and is water resistant, has a nightlight and a long battery life of up to 96 hours with a recharging time of three hours with a magnetic charger.
We love this idea as it saves you from becoming the nagging Mum you never wanted to be, the OCTOPUS Watch can even remind you to remind them which of course in turn makes you look genius.
JOY launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund this product. Those who pledge now will get the early bird special for one watch with a charging app and access to the iOS or Android app when the smartwatches ship in March 2017. Watch this space.