Before You Buy Your Child’s Glasses… – Children's Eye Foundation of AAPOS

Before You Buy Your Child’s Glasses…


Before you buy your child’s glasses…

Sometimes it seems like the more options you have, the harder it is to make a decision! And nothing could be more true when it comes time to purchase glasses for your child.

For children with vision conditions, glasses are far more than just an accessory, they are a medical device and a critical part of ensuring they have quality vision for life. And there is a lot to consider when choosing glasses for your child.

The Children’s Eye Foundation knows there are a lot of questions about which frames to pick, where to purchase and what to keep in mind so we created a downloadable guide to help you navigate all of those choices! This guide helps to answer some of the questions we hear so often, like “What frames are age appropriate?” and “How do I know our glasses are safe?”

Ultimately, quality and effectiveness are both very important in choosing frames. Glasses can be and should be fun, but don’t forget, they also serve a very important purpose!



Our mission is to end preventable blindness in children. It is estimated that 175,000 preschool-age children in the US have an undiagnosed vision problem. Globally, there are millions of children who need our help.

Our purpose is to help children to see well and have good vision for life, and to prevent the #1 cause of vision loss among children, amblyopia. We promote awareness about vision screening in children so silent disease can be detected and treated early before it steals sight for life. We are protectors of young eyes, teaching parents how to keep eyes safe from injuries. We promise to empower parents with trustworthy information about your child’s eyes to help you navigate through the journey of finding a pediatric ophthalmologist, making treatment decisions, understanding patching, glasses, and more.

We also fund life changing research as well as physician and patient education programs. No child should have their sight impaired when early detection and treatment makes vision loss preventable. That is why we work hand in hand with the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). With over 1,600 pediatric ophthalmologists, AAPOS is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality medical and surgical eye care worldwide for children and for adults with strabismus.

The Children’s Eye Foundation (CEF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Originally founded in 1970 as the National Children’s Eye Care Foundation (NCECF), today CEF supports research, physician and patient education, and prevention so every child can have good vision for life. We can’t do it without you!