Once your child has finished their eye exam, the next step is finding a pair of glasses that catches their eye but is still durable, well priced and practical.

If it is their first pair, you may want to get some advice from the optician or optometrist as a starting point. The Registered Optician will have the experience to tell what initial shape and size would be recommended to try on first.

The two most common materials for glasses are metal and plastic. Both materials have their own pro’s and con’s.

Plastic frames, especially acetate, come in plenty of color combinations and bolder styles which is what is the current style, but may sometimes weight more then a metal frame.

On the other hand, a metal frame has nose pads which helps custom size the nose size to your kids tailored size. At the same time some patients find that nose pads leave marks on the nose due to the weight of the lens and frames being concentrated through the nose pads.

Generally speaking, between everyday priced frames and frames such as RayBan’s, there is a quality difference in the strength of the plastic and metals that they use.

The plastic tends to be stronger and lighter than a similar style frame in an unbranded version. The metal frames have a sturdier set up, so it has less tendency to become loose and fall.

A small but key component is also the screws that are used. The screws and screw lining on unbranded frames tend to be the main issue with them. That chance of the screw coming out is greatly reduced with any branded frame, as the way they are manufactured comes with a much superior screw system leaving the overall experience stress free.