Our Top Tips for Buying Children’s Glasses

Choosing glasses for ourselves can be confusing without the right help, but what about the best glasses for kids? There’s plenty to consider when choosing frames and lenses, but even more so where children are concerned. Kids lead a different kind of life to adults, so there are things you’ll need to take into account.

The team here at Focus have a wealth of experience when it comes to providing the best glasses for kids. You’ll get the right information and advice on the most suitable option for your child. Plus, your child will have a wide range of cool and appealing styles to choose from! So, let’s look at our top tips for buying children’s glasses.

Practical frames

choosing the best glasses for kids - girl wearing pink framed glasses

Almost all glasses frames are made from either metal or plastic. For a long time, plastic was favoured for children, as it tended to be cheaper and more durable. But things have moved on, and many metal frames now offer the same qualities.

In general, the best glasses for kids are both lightweight and flexible, as the most important consideration is comfort. Glasses that are easy to wear are much less likely to get ‘lost’ on the bus home from school – or broken in the playground!

Additional tip: Plastic is a good choice if your child has sensitive skin or allergies to certain metals.

The right fit

The other key factor when it comes to comfort, is glasses that fit properly. A common problem is that children don’t have much of a bridge to their nose. This can result in glasses constantly slipping down, which is irritating and can hinder concentration in school.

Metal frames often have adjustable nose pads, and this can be an advantage. If you’re choosing plastic glasses, look for those that are designed specifically to fit smaller noses.

Frames with spring hinges on the temples (or arms) are often the best glasses for kids. Glasses that are too tight or rub against the skin can become painful to wear over time.


Children tend to lead more active and potentially accident-prone lives than most adults. For that reason, the best glasses for kids are those with plastic lenses.

Polycarbonate and Trivexc lenses are generally thinner and lighter than regular plastic lenses. They also offer better protection against harmful UV light.

Seeing with style

Today’s children are keenly fashion-conscious and may object to wearing glasses they think are uncool. That said, you still need to consider the practical considerations already mentioned.

The good news is there’s a huge range of children’s glasses in a variety of shapes, colours, and styles. To a large extent, the best glasses for kids are the ones they like enough to keep wearing!

Additional tip: If your child has a hero or heroine that wears glasses, try showing them frames in a similar style.

For more help choosing the perfect frames for your child, contact the friendly Focus team today, or visit us in store.

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