Max­imis­ing vi­sion: key for kids

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

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.

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