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Helping Your Child Get Used To Glasses

May 1 2024

Has your little one recently gotten glasses for the first time? If so, your youngster may have a bit of a learning curve to face. Teaching your child to properly care for their glasses is very important, but it isn’t always easy. Children all grow and mature at different rates, and some children start wearing glasses quite young, before they have truly learned about responsibility. 

Read on as a local Marysville, WA optometrist offers tips on helping your child get used to glasses. 

Preparation

You’re going to have a waiting period between the time that you order your child’s glasses and the time you get that notification that the glasses are ready. Use this time wisely! Talk to your child about their new glasses. It’s really important to present this as a positive and necessary thing. To help frame this (pun intended) in a positive light, let your child be involved in choosing their frames. 

Routine

Children do best when they have a structured routine. Make wearing and caring for eyeglasses part of your child’s routine, just like getting dressed, doing homework, and brushing their teeth. This will help your little one get used to his or her glasses, and start to think of them as just another aspect of day-to-day life. Also, compliment your child whenever they put their glasses on without needing to be reminded. Sometimes small bits of encouragement can really go a long way! 

Positive Encouragement

Some children are reluctant to wear glasses at first. There are a few things you can do to help your child feel more comfortable and confident with their eyewear. One thing that may help? Showing your child that many pop culture icons wear glasses. You can also point out bespectacled characters from your child’s favorite books, movies, or TV shows. 

Talk Honestly 

Unfortunately, children often tease one another. This can be very damaging and upsetting to a young one. As the old adage says, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Have a plan of action ready, just in case your youngster gets some pushback.

It’s also important just to have honest conversations with your little one, and explain that glasses are not a punishment, but an aid to help them see better. 

Give It Time

One thing that can really help your child get used to—and accept—wearing glasses is the difference in vision. Just give your youngster some time to get used to wearing glasses. You may want to start slow, by just having them wear their glasses for a few hours at a time. 

Preventing Losses

One challenge that you may face is keeping your little one from losing their glasses. Some children quickly realize that they see much better with glasses, and naturally become pretty careful. Others are more resistant. 

Having to replace glasses can be costly. Consider setting up guidelines, such as a special allowance or a sticker system, to help prevent this from happening. 

Sometimes a small monetary penalty can really help children form good habits. You can try different tactics with this. When you find your child’s glasses out of their case, charge a small fee, like fifty cents or a dollar. If your little one gets an allowance, and you have to pay for replacement glasses, you can consider taking part of the sum from the allowance. 

This can work both ways: you can also give your child small rewards for properly caring for their glasses and keeping them in their case. 

Have A Fun Case

A fun, custom glass case can also help here.Your child may be much more inclined to use their glasses case if the case suits their taste. If you have a little girl that likes unicorns, look for a case with a unicorn motif. If your little boy loves comic book heroes, get him a case with his favorite superhero on it. Or, just look for something in your child’s favorite color. Letting them help in picking it out can also be beneficial. You can also add fun stickers.

Choose The Right Glasses

Children start to build their self-esteem at a young age. Some can feel embarrassed about wearing glasses. One thing you can do to circumvent this is to choose glasses that look good on your young one. Your child is much more likely to wear their glasses if they like how they look!

Consider Contacts (When The Time Is Right)

If you have an older child that is asking for contacts, you can make good glasses-care habits a prerequisite for their first set of contacts. Since it’s crucial for contact lens wearers to properly care for and clean their contacts, this can also be a great way to gauge whether or not your child is actually ready for contacts. It may also be helpful for your child to understand that when they are old and mature enough, they can opt for contact lenses instead of glasses. 

That said, we don’t usually recommend contacts for children that are under eight years of age. Of course, that isn’t a hard number. Every kid is different, and there are a lot of factors to consider. Ask your Marysville, WA optometrist for more information. 

Accidents Happen

It can be frustrating to have to buy replacement glasses, but it’s important to remember that even the most mature and responsible adult can also lose or break their glasses. After all, nobody’s perfect! If your child loses their glasses once, keep this in mind. If your little one is constantly misplacing their eyewear, you may need to get more creative and offer incentives. 

Tips On Choosing Your Child’s Glasses 

There are also a few things to consider when picking glasses for your child. Your eye doctor can of course be very helpful with this, but there are also some things for you to keep in mind. 

Comfort Is King

You’ll have a much easier time getting your little one to keep their glasses on if they are comfortable. Ensuring the proper fit will go a long way here. 

Safety First

It’s also important to keep safety in mind. Shatterproof lenses are the best bet for youngsters. Polycarbonate or Trivex will block UV rays, and also won’t scratch as easily. It’s also a good idea to go with durable frames that won’t break easily. 

Consider Allergies

If your child has allergies, keep this in mind as well. Sometimes materials such as nickel can trigger allergic reactions. You may also want to keep an ‘eye’ out for any redness around their face or eyes. 

Keep Up With Vision Exams

Your child may not notice changes in their vision, so they may not know to tell you if they are experiencing symptoms that could indicate changes or undiagnosed conditions. Make sure to keep up with your child’s eye exams, and contact your Marysville, WA eye doctor with any questions.

Make An Appointment At Our Marysville, WA Vision Care Center

Do you know or suspect that your child needs glasses? Do you have questions or concerns about your child’s eyewear needs? We can help! Please feel free to contact us, your local Marysville, WA eye care center, anytime! 

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