How to Choose Glasses for a Toddler?

My toddler needs glasses. What kind should I get, and how will I keep them on his face?
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By Michael Lee, MD, Pediatrician
Updated September 15, 2020
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The good news is that your child will soon be seeing clearly — and that keeping the glasses on his face might not be as challenging as you think.

Depending on where you live, you might have a choice between a general ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and a pediatric ophthalmologist. Though both are completely qualified to work with children, a pediatric ophthalmologist may be more comfortable with kids and may have an office (and equipment) that better fit your child. Of course, cost is a factor too, so check your health insurance and see what your policy will cover.

When it comes to the actual glasses, ask for a pair with polarized lenses and UV protection; that will protect your toddler’s eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. You may want to consider a scratch-protective lens coating too (obviously, toddlers can be pretty accident prone!). A replacement warranty or insurance policy may also be a good buy, because the odds of your toddler losing or damaging his glasses are pretty good.

And believe it or not, you may not need special frames designed to keep glasses on your child’s face. While you can buy frames with special ear loops that almost encircle the ear, many toddlers will keep their glasses on without a problem — probably because they quickly realize that the glasses help them see better.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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