Getting glasses can be fun and exciting, or it could be daunting and intimidating. Whatever the case, it’s important that your child has the chance to properly adjust if they need glasses. Part 1 of this blog series noted a few key tips for adjusting to new glasses; here are a few more important tips for helping your child adjust to getting glasses: Important Tips for Helping Your Child Adjust to Glasses
Praise your child for wearing their glasses without complaining.
If you have an older child, praise them for being so grown up and independent. If your child is younger and has recently started wearing their glasses, praise them for being so brave and strong. Remind them that they are cool, stylish, and totally in style with their new frames. Whatever the situation might be, it requires a lot of courage to put on those glasses every day. You can help make this adjustment period easier by reminding your child how proud you are of their bravery!
Have your child try on the glasses a few times before they’re needed.
Your child may or may not be excited about wearing glasses, but it’s important to make sure they are ready to wear them. By having your child try on the glasses a few times before they’re needed, you can help them get used to having something on their face and become familiar with how they look through them. It may take some time for your child’s eyesight problems to improve with the appropriate use of their new eyewear; however, with proper instruction and encouragement from you and your pediatric eye doctor (as well as plenty of practice), they will soon feel comfortable enough with their new prescription lenses so being able to see clearly becomes second nature!
Put the glasses in a safe place to avoid breaking or bending them.
The best way to avoid damaging your child’s glasses is to put them in a designated hard case, or in a box. You can buy cases at the optometrist’s office. Always encourage your child to put their glasses in a safe and designated place when they’re not using them. You should also set a good example and properly store your glasses; avoid leaving your glasses on tables and other places where they may be knocked off and damaged. It’s also important not to leave them in cars (overheated leather seats can discolor lenses), lockers (the temperature could rise too high), backpacks (potential to be crushed by books), and more!
Make sure your child knows how important it is to wear their new glasses, but also help them make it fun.
Make sure your child knows just how important it is to wear their new glasses, but also help them make it fun so they don’t begrudge them. The first few days after getting glasses are a great time to learn about why they need to wear their glasses and what will happen if they don’t wear them. Talk with your child about how wearing glasses will help them see better and more clearly than without the glasses. Explain that wearing glasses can be challenging at first because our eyes need time to adjust, but this adjustment period only lasts a few days before our eyes get used to seeing with the new prescription.
If you or your child needs glasses, contact Insight Vision Care, your local children’s eye doctor in Wayzata MN. We are proud to offer pediatric optometry in Wayzata MN to help your child and their vision thrive.