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How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child in Laguna Beach & Irvine

The Importance of Children’s Eye Exams With an Optometrist | i2ioptometry

Pediatric Eye Exam Specialist Laguna Beach & Irvine, CA

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also need to be durable, especially if your child is active, plays contact sports or tends to drop or lose things. Not to mention, particularly once you get into tween and teenage years, they have to be stylish and look good. When you add in a budget and your child’s opinion, the decision can be truly overwhelming.

Pediatric Eye Care in Laguna Beach & Irvine, CA

According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected. This also goes for infants who develop and learn about the world around them through their sense of sight. To ensure that your children have the visual resources they need to grow and develop normally, their eyes and vision should be checked by an eye doctor at certain stages of their development. Following the guidelines for children’s eye exams and staying alert to any signs of vision problems can help your child to reach his or her potential.

Before you begin looking, it is best to narrow down your options by answering the following questions (and consulting your eye doctor when necessary):

  1. Does my child need to wear his or her glasses all the time or are they for part time wear?
  2. Does my child’s prescription call for a thicker or wide lens requiring a certain type of frame?
  3. Does my child have any allergies to frame materials?
  4. What type of sports protection does my child need?
  5. Would cable (wrap around) temples or a strap be necessary for my child (particularly in toddlers)?
  6. Do I have a preference in material or features (such as flexible hinges or adjustable nose pads)?
  7. Are there particular colors or shapes that my child prefers or that will look most attractive?

Armed with the answers to those questions and a qualified optician, you can begin your search. Keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Including your children in the selection process will greatly enhance the chances of them actually being excited about wearing and caring for their glasses. So make it fun and exciting for them!
  2. Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses are impact-resistant lenses that are recommended for children’s eyewear to protect their eyes. Also consider adding a scratch resistant coating.
  3. When trying on options, consult with the optician to ensure proper fit. Make sure the frames don’t slide off the bridge of the nose, cover the eyes, squeeze at the temples or extend too far behind the ears. Proper frame fit is especially important for kids with specialty prescriptions like bifocals or Myovision, and for kids with lazy eye (amblyopia) and high spectacle Rx.
  4. If shopping for protective sports eyewear, consider the conditions of the sport your child plays to ensure proper eye protection. They now have much more selection in children’s safety eyewear with cool designs and some glasses even have convertible temples (arms) and straps to become interchangeable dress wear and safety wear.
  5. Keep in mind that it may be more cost effective to spend a little more on strong and durable eyewear now than to have to replace a flimsy pair later. Each office differs in the warranties they offer and the length and terms of coverage. Ask your optician about what is and is not covered under their frame and lens coverage policy.
  6. If your child is put into bifocal lenses for reading issues or poor focusing issues (commonly used in pediatric vision therapy) they will generally require a deeper frame in order to have enough room for the bifocal, which is often difficult when dealing with smaller frames.
  7. Consider a blue light protecting anti-reflective coating. Children are especially prone to damage from blue wavelengths of light because their human lenses are so clear. Blue light is emitted from many of the devices we use such as cell phone screens, tablets, laptops, TVs, and the sun as well.

The great news is that the options in children’s eyewear in terms of style, quality and innovation is progressing rapidly. Rather than dreading the eyewear shopping experience, have a positive attitude. This will have a positive influence on your child’s relationship to eyewear and good vision that can last a lifetime.

Keratoconus, a major Dry Eye Stigmatizm, Pingueculas & Meibomiumitis are just a few of the serious issues I have with my eyes. Not to mention, I have early onset cataracts. I had Lasik surgery in 2000 after wearing contacts for 28 years. Of course, I was thrilled with the success! I was able to get 15 yrs. before looking into a re-do. Only to discover through specialist, Dr. Tooma that my corneas would not support a re-do. He performed the crossing linking procedure to stabilize my corneas and I have been involved with Dr. Sheri Rowen, Specialist with Dry Eye in a clinical study for “Dry Eye” syndrome in Dr. Tooma’s office. My doctors have said, even after all of this, we still need to get you in corrective lenses. Glasses are not an option for me because of the distance between my eye and the lenses in glasses. Every three months I have to tilt the glasses to magnify what I need to see. Contacts are the only option. Before finding Tabatha at Dr. Cooks office and meeting Dr. Cook for the first time. Almost three years ago at a different Optomitrist, I was fit with custom Scleral contact lenses - very expensive, which only proceeded to irritate the pingueculas. I have been without corrective lenses up until I met the team at I2iotometry! Before I found Tabatha at i2iotometry, (after spending time & money at two other offices) Tabatha educated me on the water free options of caring for Scleral lenses. I was impressed with the extent of my consultation with her. She shared things that no other Optometric ever shared with me. I then decided even after spending $500 on Scleral exams several times! I had to see if there were any other options. I booked an appointment to see Dr. Cook & Tabatha for an initial consultation. I was astonished, of what they were able to ascertain regarding the condition of my eyes! They got it! They knew the very complexity of my situation! After trying on several types of Scleral lenses, of which never happen in the other two Optomitrist offices’. Dr. Cook wasn’t happy if it wasn’t the perfect fit - all of which are due to all the issues I stated earlier. He mentioned, there is another to try and fit you with but the trial lense is on order. Dr. Cook said, let’s try the KISS method, you know... “keep it simple...”. After a few eye measurements and eye testing, Dr. Cook & Tabatha fit me into a soft inexpensive monthly wear! My first words were: I CAN SEE AGAIN😃!!!! I am so impressed with the experience & the Pro’s in this office!!!! My situation is definitely not an easy one & sometimes you just have to keep it simple!! Thank you so much, Tabatha & Dr. Cook!!! You’re awesome “sight savers”!
2 years ago
- Dj O.
Dr. Cook and the rest of the staff here are fantastic. They are all so personable and helpful. I’ve been coming here for a couple years and they haven’t forgotten my name or diagnosis from years past. I plan to stay with them for years to come.
2 years ago
- Thomas H.
Very professional staff and high quality products. Highly recommend.
2 years ago
- Wendy N.
This is where you want to go for optometry! Drs Cook and Cler are both nothing short of amazing. They are knowledgeable, creative, and so thorough and professional, and they think outside of the box. And Tabatha and staff are top notch. You are treated like family, and when you leave - you can see - really well!! I have been going to this office for around 15 years, they see my kids and my whole family, and have seen us through everything from routine optometry visits to minor ocular emergencies, to needing referrals to specialists. They are ace troubleshooters and so great to work with. I cannot say enough!
2 years ago
- Lia B.
I love going here. The Staff is Very Friendly, Professional and Helpful when needed. The Doctors no doubt are the best and the customer service is world class. I lost a pair of new glasses and they replaced them faster than expected and at a lower price than the first price. I highly recommend them. Tabatha is the Greatest! She helped me the most in getting the replacements. Thank you i2i Optometry! The Way I See it, Your the Best!!!
6 years ago
This place is awesome! My husband and I have been going to Dr. Cler and Dr. Cook for nearly 20 years now. They are always gentle, eager to share their knowledge, the prescriptions are accurate and they have even opened up the office to see me in an emergency. The staff is friendly and extremely patient with my habitual indecision :) I could go on & on about how happy I am with them, but the bottom line is that you won't get this type of service elsewhere.
6 years ago
- JoJo