3 Tips for Buying Kids' Eyewear in Seattle


If you’re a parent in search for the right pair of eyeglasses in Seattle, you probably already know that walking into an optical shop or optometrist’s clinic will be a daunting task. You have to know which frames your child will be willing to wear and which pair will last longer than the ride home. It’s important to note that most children that need glasses are nearsighted or farsighted which can determine things like how often your child should wear his/her glasses and how thick the lenses might be. Here are three items to consider when making your trip to Eyes on You Seattle or your preferred optometry clinic.

Fashion First?

Kids nowadays are all about the latest trends and fashions, so don’t expect to skimp on buying your child a stylish pair of frames. At Eyes on You, a downtown Seattle optical shop, we have a large selection of designer frames for children and adults alike. Remember, however, as you are buying glasses for a body that will be growing, you probably don’t want to get an overly expensive pair that your child will more than likely grow out of.

What kind of temple style should I get for my child?

Firstly, temples are the arm part of frames that goes across the temples of the head and around the ear. There are some that wrap around the entire ear, preventing glasses from sliding down or dropping off a child’s face completely. They are especially helpful for keeping glasses on the faces of toddlers.

Lens Thickness

Lens thickness is also something that you would want to consider. The eyeglass prescription is always the primary consideration in choosing glasses, but before you start looking for the frames, consult with your Seattle optician about lens considerations. If the prescription calls for strong lens that are likely to be thick, it is important to keep the frames as small as possible to reduce the final lens thickness. Also, smaller lenses tend to have fewer higher-order aberrations near the edge of the lens than the large lens of the same material and prescription, so there is less risk of blurred or distorted peripheral vision.

If you or your child live in the Seattle area and are in need of a new pair of frames or an eye exam, give Dr. Lawson’s office a call at (206) 467-1006 and we can get you set up with an appointment right away. We’re happy to help.