When my youngest daughter turned 4 years old, she had the usual check up at the doctors, which included an eye test. I sat with her on my lap as she struggled to see past the 2nd line on the board. I was flabbergasted. And then heartbroken – mostly because I felt bad that I hadn’t noticed before.
Then came the heartache of finding glasses she liked and getting her to keep them on. She broke 3 pairs of glasses the first 2 months – but then she finally realized that she could see much better with them than without, and she has kept them on ever since.
When kids get older – design also plays a big part and they want to look cool and create their own signature look with their glasses.
I have looked all over the Internet for cool spectacles for tweens and came across Goose and Dust from Australia.
I have asked Prudence – the owner and founder of GOOSE AND DUST why she decided to make glasses for children …
What was the reason you started designing glasses for children?
It all started around sun protection. Living in Australia and having melanoma in the family meant that I have always been very conscious of wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. I have always been a huge lover of the fashion side of Eyewear. When I had my daughter I had trouble finding her a nice pair of sunglasses and it all started from there.
Your tagline is: ‘Our designs are edgy and effortless because wearing Glasses is cool’ – do you think there is a change in the way we look at kids who wear glasses?
Yes, I do think there is a change in the way we see kids who wear glasses. The world we are living in and moving toward involves kids using tablets and devices much more. This means that eye health is becoming more important and more kids are requiring glasses.
Do you think children care about how their glasses look?
Absolutely. Kids that wear glasses really just want to feel like themselves. They may want to make a statement or they may want something more subtle but at the end of the day it is important that they have a say in the decision. I think the old association of glasses being nerdy is no longer relevant, they are now seen as an extension of style and personality.
Is it easier for a child to accept they wear glasses if they are able to pick cool frames that can fit with their own taste and personality?
Yes. I firmly believe that choice is important, also the availability of ranges that reflect what kids are interested in today.
Any advice for parents who are getting glasses for their kid for the first time.?
It can be overwhelming, however, involving the child in the selection of frames can empower them and help them to feel confident in the process.
Any advice for the kids?
My best advice is to have fun with your new accessory!