Pediatric Eyeglasses Specialist

Specs Appeal

Optometry located in St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

At Specs Appeal in St. George, Utah, we have a variety of pediatric eyeglasses for your child’s comfort. Skilled providers Reed Gibb, OD, and Chad Waggoner, OD, can help you find a comfortable fit and shape for your child’s face in various materials. First, they will perform a vision test to ensure your child has the correct prescription lenses. If you’d like to find out more about our selection of pediatric eyeglasses, call our office today, or book an appointment online.

Pediatric Eyeglasses Q & A

What materials are available for pediatric eyeglasses?

Most eyeglass frames today are made from metal or plastic. Both are similar concerning their durability and weight. The metal composition can vary between frames; some may be bendable while others are not. Plastic frames will not be bendable unless you are getting a soft plastic.

If your child has allergies to any substances frequently found in eyeglass frames, such as nickel, hypoallergenic frames are available. 

The lens material should be made of polycarbonate or trivex, both of which are more comfortable than plastic lenses. These types of lenses are lightweight, impact-resistant, and scratch-resistant and offer UV ray protection.

How should pediatric eyeglasses fit?

Because children grow quickly, it can be difficult to find eyeglasses that fit properly. One aspect to consider is the fit on the bridge of the nose. Luckily, most metal frames come with adjustable nose pads to help fit a small bridge. Plastic frames are also now being made to fit small noses.

Another aspect to consider is the fit around the temples. If your child’s eyeglasses keep falling down their face, you might want to consider a pair of eyeglass frames with cable temples. These temples wrap all the way back around the ear to keep the eyeglasses securely in place. You can also purchase elastic straps that wrap around your child’s head to keep the eyeglasses in place. This is often recommended for younger-aged children.

How will my child’s vision be tested?

It’s recommended for your child to have their first eye exam before they enter school. After that initial visit, your provider will determine how often they should come in for testing. 

For infants, Dr. Gibb or Dr. Waggoner will check your child’s eye focusing skills, color vision, and depth perception. They will check their pupillary response to the presence or absence of light and measure your child’s ability to fixate on and follow an object as it moves.

For preschool-aged children, the eye doctor will check for visual acuity by having your child read a set of letters on a chart that’s at a distance. They will also check for lazy eye, color vision, 3D vision, and eye-tracking.

If you’re looking for a pair of pediatric eyeglasses or would like to get your child’s vision tested, call our office today or schedule an appointment online. We’d be happy to show you our selection of pediatric eyeglasses.