Many children struggle with getting used to glasses, whether it’s because they fear being teased or because the glasses feel strange on their faces, so how can we as parents make our children more excited to wear their glasses? Here are a few tips to help you do just that!
No child wants to wear something uncomfortable, and that holds just as true with glasses as with an article of clothing. Children are always growing, so glasses that fit perfectly a few months ago might be starting to pinch now. At our practice, we can adjust the fit of glasses to make sure they stay in place without being uncomfortably tight.
Jeers of “nice glasses, four-eyes!” might be less common today than they once were, but children can still feel self-conscious about how their new glasses will impact their peers’ behavior towards them. A great way to counter this self-consciousness is to let them choose their own frames! Don’t let your own sense of fashion get in the way of your child’s delight at wearing brightly colored frames. If they get to wear frames they think are cool, they’ll feel much better about leaving them on.
Even if a pair of glasses is your child’s favorite color, they will lose a lot of points in the coolness department if they are glasses that look like they’re for a younger child. Likewise, glasses for an older child won’t be very comfortable for toddlers. Let your child show off what a big kid they are by wearing glasses in the right style for their age group.
If your child doesn’t like wearing glasses or they often forget to wear them, it’s okay to take it slow. Gradually work your way up from expecting them to wear their glasses for half an hour a day to wearing them for the whole day, or start out with having them wear glasses while reading or watching TV only, then expand to wearing them all day. If they need more motivation, you could incorporate treats and prizes.
If you’re setting glasses goals, then make sure to stick to them. You can recruit the help of your child’s teacher, but you need to be a stickler about it too! Be supportive, but hold them to those goals. If they need more encouragement, you can remind them of all the cool characters in their favorite stories who have glasses, like Harry Potter, Superman, and Supergirl!
Your child might not believe glasses can be cool if you’re the only one saying it, but along with fitting their glasses and helping them find the coolest frames, we can give them our professional opinion that glasses are awesome! We’re proud to be your partners in ensuring your child’s lifelong vision health.