Everything you need to know about diopter glasses
Optometrist Aleksandra Malovic and Lens Specialist Mihailo Djekic helped me to write this text! Thank you for that!
Children’s vision is intensively developing during the first five years. Right after the birth, a doctor performs some exams, and after the first birthday coming systematic examinations of vision. It is critical to skip them until the kid doesn’t fill five years because once when the child reach five years it may be too late for corrections. Although it may seem odd to you, if the brain until the 5th year “learn” to see indistinctly then wearing diopter glasses isn’t helpful at all!
If you are the parent of a prematurely born baby, the ophthalmological tests are frequent, and they carefully monitor the development of children’s sight. If your child was full term born baby, with no complications, it is necessary to take your kids to the ophthalmologic examination if:
– While playing (s)he holds toys under the noses
– (S)he often bumps into objects and corners, even when moving to a common area
– While looking at an object (s)he strains eyes or tilted head to one side
– Squint (not applicable to babies), or you see different size of pupils
Prepare the child for eye examination and wearing diopter glasses
As a complete eye examination involves “pupils dilation “, you may want to prepare your toddlers for it. As usual, the game is the best, the easiest and for the toddler the closest way for presentation of new and unknown things. Mom puts a drop of boiled water in father’s eye (actually or not) and saying that she is doing it, so the eye is washed and clean, in a wish that the toddler sees that this is fun, not traumatic procedure. After that, we are “cleaning eyes” to other parent, dolls, dinosaur and all the dearest toys. Then we put the glasses to one of them, so the doll see better, and saying – Oh, Dolly, you are so beautiful! Loudly and emphatically admire the beauty of the glasses.
Except as a preparation for the eye examination, this is also a preparing for wearing glasses. Sometimes, the parents are feeling awkward if their toddlers need to wear diopter glasses, or they are asking if their toddlers like to do it. The truth is that kids usually like wearing diopter glasses because they make their vision better.
If your toddler goes to the kindergarten, (s)he may be concerned because of teasing.
Experts assert how important is to show compassion, and although (s)he is fine with it if so far you did not – this is an excellent opportunity to teach your child the approach- I’m OK, You’re OK! And that everyone is “different”. We would all want to be tall, handsome, beautiful. But,
someone is tall, someone pudgy, someone wear glasses, someone have blue eyes and all of this is OK. The World’s gorgeous is in diversity! The fundamental issue with this approach is that the parents themselves should believe in it.
If adopting new lives attitudes isn’t fast as you would like, consider wearing non-diopter glasses. In that case, your toddler will have a strong sense of community with you. And more enjoy in wearing diopter glasses!
How to choose the right framework
When buying framework, you should give your child a chance to choose. You may make a supervision. Eventually, you can pick framework if your child is too young. Even then, try to enable the toddler to choose between at least two models. If the toddler chooses glasses, the less likely (s)he will feel discomfort while wearing them.
If your child is very young (or even a baby), Aleksandra recommends silicone framework that is more pliable and does not pinch the toddler. She points out that the quality of the frame usually tied to the price, but not for durability. Even high-quality, expensive paid framework in the game can distort or break.
When it comes to smaller diopter, there are no restrictions on the choice of the frame, while at higher diopter recommend smaller frames. They can be made of metal or plastic, but plastic is more comfortable for the toddler.
Besides looks of the frame, pay particular attention to choosing the right size. It is necessary to frame “stands” good on the nose, that does not slip or fall when a child is moving his head. Slightly more expensive but also more comfortable solution for carrying are the frames with “Flexi” at the root of the handle.
And how to choose the ophthalmic lens?
What is vital, ophthalmic lenses should be made of plastic, not glass. Mihailo specifically recommended that the lenses should be
an organic (kind of plastics), not mineral, due to the nature of fracture and risk of injury.
Another important thing that a parent should choose is protections. Antireflex is one of them, preferably in an improved version (multilayer antireflection-HSC), which also contains a layer for less scratching and layer for faster demisting. The second protective layer is ERP or “stardust”, which is crucial in prevention negative impact of computer radiation, as well as all other emissions that are present all around us. The best you can choose for your toddler is Openvision plastic, which has an expanded field of view, besides makes it easier for kids to get used to the glasses, and to make a much more comfortable feeling of wearing diopter glasses.
Finally, the experts with whom I spoke believe that there is no medical need for toddlers to have more than one diopter glasses, like no reasons for limiting (except financial) if toddler and the parents want to have more than just one.
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