Maximising vision: key for kids
Most consumers have little knowledge about the importance of eye health, particularly when it comes to children’s vision. They don’t realise that 80 per cent of a child’s learning in the early years depends on good vision.
Optometrist Brian Naylor, from Visique Naylor Palmer, says: ‘‘Kids are generally pretty rough when it comes to caring for and cleaning their spectacle lenses.’’
Materials and Index
The strength of a lens material, its weight, thickness and lightness are all factors that make a difference to the wearer’s experience.
Reducing lens weight helps ensure eyewear remains comfortable over long periods, and in doing so, encourages compliance.
Thickness makes a difference to how the glasses look, and again, this will contribute to compliance. Understandably, kids will avoid wearing glasses that do not look great. High index materials, meaning thinner and lighter lenses, are an excellent solution to encourage spectacle wearing adherence.
If eyewear needs to be worn when playing sport, a strong polycarbonate material is an absolute necessity. Airwear is a shatter-proof polycarbonate material which is scratch resistant, durable and lightweight.
As children are quite rough on their lenses, they often become scratched and they lose clarity of vision. A strong hard coating will help prevent the scratching and enhance lens longevity.
With the increasing use of screens at school, home and often before bedtime, anti-reflection and blue blocking UV coatings are important. These coatings protect against screen glare, eye fatigue and disruption to sleep patterns. It is important that parents are aware of this and these coatings should be viewed as a necessity.
The amount of time a child spends outdoors and whether or not he or she is required to wear their glasses full time, will determine whether ‘‘Transitions’’ (lenses that change from light to dark and block out UV light) are prescribed.
Brian recommends a lens made specially for children called ‘‘Crizal Prevencia Kids’’. This lens provides three powerful ways in one solution to protect your child’s eyesight from everyday harm.
Crizal UV: Provides maximum UV light protection on both the front
and back of the lens surface. This virtually eliminates damaging UV rays passing through the front and reflecting off the back of the lens into your child’s eyes.
Crizal Prevencia: Selectively filters out harmful Blue-Violet light from computers and screen-based devices to halt long-term retinal cell death and provide short-term relief from eyestrain causing fatigue and headaches.
Airwear: Superior safety and durability for play time; 30 per cent lighter and 20 per cent slimmer to suit smaller, fragile noses.
Digital screens can be harsh on our eyes
Digital devices and our constant usage of them, is increasing the demands on our eyes. Thanks to advanced technology, Eyezen Lenses are now available.
Eyezen Lenses provides students with sharper vision than your standard single vision lenses. Eyezen Lenses have an enhanced lower portion of the lens, designed to ease eyestrain caused by close reading distances and viewing small text on handheld devices.
This lens also selectively filters out 20 per cent of harmful blueviolet light emitted from digital screens. If you use digital devices on an everyday basis, Eyezen is the clear choice to help you relax and protect your eyes.
That’s why Eyezen Lenses are available to everyone, whether you wear glasses or not.