Getting glasses when you are young can be a difficult adjustment for any child. Helping children adjust properly and love their glasses may be difficult, but it can make all the difference!
We care about your child's comfort and want them to become a proud wearer of spectacles! Here are some tips for parents to help make that happen.
Picking Out The Right Frames Is An Important Step
Allow your child to be a part of the selection process when choosing frames. If your child picks the frames themselves, they’ll probably be more eager to wear them. Let your child try on as many colors and styles as they want–our Vision Source® members don’t mind fashion shows in their practices! Choosing frames can and should be a fun experience.
Fit is just as important as style. Being comfortable in a new pair of frames can go a long way in helping a child grow to love their glasses. Your optometrist's optical staff is trained to help ensure the perfect fit for your child.
Integrate Glasses Into Your Child’s Routine
One of the hardest parts of getting glasses is remembering to put them on! This is especially true for younger children. Help your child integrate glasses into their morning routine. Over time, remembering to put on their glasses will be second nature to them.
Make It A Positive Experience
It is important to make getting and wearing glasses a positive experience. Reward them for doing well at their appointment and picking out their frames with a treat, dinner or a movie. Help them celebrate the changes glasses will bring rather than dread them!
Help Them Discover How Cool Glasses Are!
Try to find pictures of their favorite celebrities with glasses and put a picture or two in their room. Sometimes even getting a cheap pair of glasses for yourself (if you do not already wear glasses) or your child’s friend can ease the transition! Knowing other people wear glasses helps them feel confident and that they are not alone.
Kids don’t outgrow seeing an optometrist. While testing at school is helpful it should not be solely relied on as the only way to evaluate your child’s vision. At Lentz Eye Care we recommend at least very two years to have an eye exam by one of our optometrist, or every 12 months if they’re wearing prescription glasses. Vision problems can occur at any age without you or your child noticing. Early detection and effective treatment will help your child thrive & learn. Contact Lentz Eye Care to learn more!Sources can be found here