Choosing the Right Glasses for Your Child

February 19, 2020

When the time comes for you to decide upon the perfect lenses for your child, you want to be informed and make the right decision. Your child's eyesight is important and picking the correct lens for not only their prescription, but what their daily life is like, is vital. You don't want to have to return again and again to figure out what is best, you want it done perfectly the first time.

Once your child has been examined and you have obtained a unique prescription for your child's specific vision needs, you will need to decide which lens works best, and you will want a lens that is able to withstand the wear and tear a young person can put on a pair of glasses. All of these factors can be confusing.

Here, we will do our best to describe the variety of lenses available and aid in making the decision process as simple as possible. Our staff is trained to help you find the combination that works best. You will have three main lenses to choose from:

  • Clear prescription lens for regular, daily use
  • Sun or light adjusting lens, for frequent outdoor or computer use
  • Frames with lenses requiring no prescription.

To understand what lens is right for your child, let's break them all down.


Clear prescription lenses come in four basic forms.

Basic Poly-Carbonate

First, we have the Basic Poly-carbonate, which are made to help improve your child's vision while reducing glare. These are also engineered to resist scratches, and we all know how important that is with the energetic lives of kids. While no warranty is included, these lenses are created for prescriptions with a SPH value that lies in the range between -5.00 and +4.00, and a CYL value between -2.00 and +2.00.

Premium Ultra-Thin

The second option available is known as the Premium Ultra-Thin lens, and are exactly what the name implies, a very thin and lightweight lens that offer your child the greatest vision experience. These lenses feature the standard one year warranty and are created specifically for prescriptions with a SPH value greater than or equal to +3.00, OR a CYL value that equals -2.00 or +2.00. And they are required for prescriptions with a SPH value greater than +4.00 or less than or equal to -5.00, OR a CYL value less than -2.00 or greater than +2.00. But be aware, any prescriptions outside this range may entail an increased prescription fee. An expert from the office will be sure to let you know whether this applies to your child.

Prescription Blue-Light

Third, we have Prescription Blue-light lenses, which are great for children who use computers, mobile devices or video games often. They help to decrease the blue-light emitted from these screens. Exposure day after day can add up and harm delicate eyes, especially in children. These lenses include a one year warranty and are offered for prescriptions falling within an SPH value of -6.00 through +4.00 and / or CYL values within -2.00. Any prescriptions outside this range may require an additional fee.

Higher Clarity Trivex

Lastly, there are the Higher Clarity Trivex lenses. These specific lenses mesh together strength and longevity with the feather-weight feel, while not losing any of the optical clarity your child needs. Also comes with a one year warranty, these lenses are made for prescriptions with a SPH value less than +6.00, AND a CYL value between -2.00 through +2.00.

If any prescription happens to be out of any range listed above, you will have to upgrade to the Premium Ultra-Thin lens option. Contact our staff with any questions or concerns.


Our next main category features specific lenses that are made for dealing with the sun or for light filtering or adjustment needs.

Prescription Sunglasses

For Prescription Sunglasses, you will find lenses that are permanently tinted, and made for outdoor usage, like work or recreation in the harsh glare of the sun. Includes a one year warranty, these lenses are available for prescriptions with a SPH value between -6.00 and +4.00, AND a CYL value between -2.00 and +2.00. Again, if any prescription falls out of these ranges, you will need to pay a higher prescription fee. Someone will contact you with the adjusted price.

Light Adjusting Lenses

For the Light Adjusting Lens option, you will find a lens that fluctuates from being clear when you are inside to a sun-glass like tint when you move outside. These also have the one year warranty. Made available for prescriptions with a SPH value between -6.00 and +4.00, AND a CYL value between -2.00 and +2.00, and if your prescription is out of range, you will be contacted about a higher price.


And our final main option is choosing just the frames, without a prescription required. Here, you have three choices to pick from, depending on the needs of your child.

If you have concerns or questions about the frames, lenses or prescription strengths or ranges, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to address all of your concerns and help you choose the frames and lenses best for your child and get them on the path to healthy, corrected vision.

Purchasing Only Frames

First, just the frames themselves, which have our company logo embossed on the side. These are made to be filled by your preferred eye care professional and no warranty is included. Best if you are just trying to figure out which frame or color is right for your child. And you have the option to return the frames in the 30 day window, in unworn condition, for a full refund.

Clear Lenses

Next, we have frames with non-prescription Clear Lenses, made to be resistant to scratching, for safety and longevity, but without sacrificing style for safety. Comes with a one year standard warranty.

Blue Light Lenses

Lastly we have the non-prescription Blue Light Lens, which again filters the harsh blue-light from screens and is made for children using computers or who play video games often. Comes with a one year warranty, as usual.