How to Buy Glasses for Children on eBay

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How to Buy Glasses for Children on eBay

There are many different elements to consider when purchasing a pair of glasses, and additional considerations must be made when the glasses are for a child. It is important to select the right pair of glasses for a child's needs, in terms of helping with their vision, as well as finding a pair that can withstand the wear and tear.  Plastic lenses, for instance, are unlikely to shatter, as they are sturdy and reliable, and are designed to ensure the glasses stay in place.

Like spectacles for adults, children's glasses are available in a wide variety of different styles, designs and colours to suit the wearer, with some glasses including features such as straps to help ensure they stay in place. It is easy to find the right glasses for a child on eBay.

Frame Size

One of the key characteristics of a pair of glasses is the size of the frame. The right sized pair of glasses will be large enough to sit on the face without pinching, but not so loose that they risk falling off.

  • The dimensions of a pair of glasses are often represented through a set of three numbers. Glasses are commonly measured in millimetres.
  • The first number, the lens diameter, represents the size of the lens present in the frame. The size of the lens is often determined by the overall design of the frames, with some frames typically featuring larger lenses than others.
  • The second number represents the width of the bridge of the frame. The bridge is the part of the frame that rests upon the nose, and must not be so small that it pinches, nor too large.
  • The third number represents the length of the arms, the parts of the frame that rest upon the ears of the wearer.
  • If a pair of glasses is the right size, the lenses will not rest on the cheeks of the wearer, and will not rise above their eyebrow line.
  • The size of a pair of glasses can be affected greatly by the design of the frame, with some designers often producing large glasses. Smaller designs may be suitable for children, and those with a smaller head and face. Very large designs may be uncomfortable and unstable, while glasses that are too small may pinch the wearer.

Frame Designs

A wide range of different types of frame is available for adults, and the same is true of glasses for children. The decision to wear a particular design can often come down to personal preference, and it can encourage children to wear their glasses if it is of a design they find appealing.


Browline glasses feature a prominent, thick upper part of the frame, often made of plastic, while the rest of the glasses are generally made out of metal such as aluminium. Some children's glasses are available in this style.


Another popular style of glasses, horn-rimmed, and its many variants, feature thick, bold rims around the lenses. This type of frame is generally made out of thick, sturdy plastic, and can be found in a wide range of sizes and colours.


Rimless glasses have no rims, with the bridge of the frame mounted directly onto the lenses. The availability of strong, light materials such as titanium frames and lenses made of plastics such as polycarbonate make these glasses increasingly accessible. These glasses are among the lightest available, offering a great deal of comfort.


A popular choice for children's glasses, licensed glasses are widely available in many different materials and designs. These glasses will often prominently feature styles based upon popular cartoon characters, football teams or other themes.

Face Shapes

In order for a pair of glasses to look good, it is key to match the shape of the lenses, and style and size of the frame to the face of the wearer. There are a few different common face shapes.


For someone with a round face, who has a round chin and wide forehead, less rounded glasses are a preferable choice. Square frames with a thick, prominent design can work well.


Those with an oval face shape can suit a wide variety of different lens shapes and frame designs. Glasses with a wider frame can suit a person with an oval shaped face.


Those with facial features, such as a square jaw and a wide chin, have a square face shape. More angular designs with square lenses should be avoided, as they can add emphasis to these features. Instead a more rounded design, with round frames, should be considered.


A person with a rectangular face shape has a longer nose and a strong jaw line. A larger frame design can suit this face shape well, and a pair of glasses with square lenses can also be a good choice.


Diamond face shapes are unusual, and a person with a diamond face shape will have high cheekbones, and a narrow forehead and jaw line. A pair of glasses with bold, distinctive rims suits this face shape, by drawing attention to the wearer’s eyes. Designs similar to the horn-rimmed design are often a popular choice.

Lens Types for Children

Children's glasses are available featuring a number of different types of lenses. These lenses are designed to meet a number of different needs, and can be suited to different wearers. These include:

  • A key element to consider is the specific sight issues the child has, as this will be a key factor in selecting a type of corrective lens. Lenses are available for those who are either long sighted or short sighted, with different strengths and thicknesses available depending on the severity of the condition.
  • Sometimes, children may benefit from a type of lens which features suitability for both distance viewing and close work, as part of the same lens. Though more commonly associated with reading glasses for older users, bifocal glasses for children can be found, where the lenses are divided into two segments. Also available are progressive lenses, which have a smoother transition from the distance viewing parts of the lens and the close up viewing segments, and also do not have the segment lines present on bifocals.
  • Another type of lens, which can be quite popular for children, is the photochromic lens. These lenses are made out of a material that darkens when exposed to sunlight, allowing them to function as sunglasses. The lenses will then gradually brighten once they are taken into a darker place. These lenses can be a convenient choice, as an additional pair of sunglasses does not need to be bought for the child.

Lens Materials

Lenses are available in a number of different commonly used materials. These materials each have different characteristics, which can make them suitable for different wearers and situations.

  • Glass is the oldest material used to make lenses, and continues to remain in popular use today. Glass lenses are very strong and resistant to scratching, but are also more likely to shatter if dropped than other lens materials, which may make glass lenses less suitable for children.
  • Lenses made out of plastic have become widespread in more recent times. These lenses are much lighter than their glass equivalents, and are also often more likely to provide protection against UV light. Plastic lenses are more likely to scratch, however. Many plastic lenses come with an anti-scratch layer that helps to prevent this.
  • Polycarbonate lenses are a type of plastic lens, with these lenses often being much thinner and lighter than those made of other materials. These lenses are stronger than other plastic or glass lenses, making them a popular choice for children. This is the material that is also often used in safety glasses.
  • When buying glasses for children, plastic and polycarbonate lenses may be a preferable option due to their light weight, strength and anti-shatter characteristics. Such glasses are also often less expensive.


There are many different types of glasses available for children, offering a variety of different styles and materials. Strong, lightweight glasses that are resistant to shattering, with a style that complements the face shape of a child, are a good choice. Children's glasses can be found for both boys and girls, while unisex models are also available. It is easy to find the right pair of children's glasses on eBay, and when looking to buy an item, the transaction can be competed safely and securely via the site’s protection programme.

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