Specsavers has introduced changes to both the design and fit of its children’s spectacles in order to achieve the best anatomical fit for young faces.
The changes were initiated following a study performed in partnership with dispensing optician, Alicia Thompson, which identified a lack of well-fitting, small frames available on the market.
Director of professional examinations at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, Ms Thompson, who is also undertaking a PhD in paediatric dispensing at Aston University, has spent the last year working with the multiple to develop its children’s offering.
The technical changes implemented to Specsavers’ children’s frames include adjustments to lens shapes to allow more lens coverage above eye level, as well as a flatter fit on the face, which caters for the different facial anatomy of children compared to adults.
The multiple also focused on the design of the bridge to ensure a more comfortable and secure fit for its young spectacle wearers, clinical spokesman for Specsavers, Dr Nigel Best, confirmed.
Commenting on the project, Dr Best explained: “Children’s glasses have changed greatly over the years for reasons including requests for ‘mini-me’ adult styles, larger frames and changes in material trends. But the fit of the frame should be prioritised as much as style.”
Last month Specsavers launched its new Disney collection, which incorporates the design and size changes. Within the collection of 32 frames is also a range of eight Winnie the Pooh spectacles which have been created specifically for pre-school children.
Ms Thompson commented: “Dispensing opticians are already fully aware of the difficulty in fitting scaled-down versions of adult frames on children and how the resultant poor fit can render the prescription or intervention useless during such a critical period in the child’s overall development.”
She added: “The development of a child’s facial features require different frame parameters to those of an adult and these have been incorporated into Specsavers’ new range. It has been a privilege for me working with the Specsavers frame team over the last year.”