Does your child need to wear glasses but refuse to put them on? Having to wear glasses can be a tough adjustment for anyone, especially kids. Fighting about what’s best for them is never any fun, but you don’t have to do it the hard way.
Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to help encourage your child to wear his or her glasses.
The most important part of getting kids to wear glasses is letting them choose their frames. That way, your child feels like he or she played a part in making a big decision about glasses. This can help him or her feel more comfortable around friends and be more eager to wear his or her glasses throughout the day.
While letting kids pick what they like is important, don’t forget to make sure that the frames are appropriate for their age. Offering a little guidance on colors and styles may be helpful to keep them from choosing something for kids younger than them, or for adults.
The feeling of wearing glasses all day can be tough to get used to. Rather than expecting your child to wear them all the time, set small goals and work your way up.
Start by having him or her wear glasses for 15-30 minutes a day. Then, slowly build up to longer periods of time until wearing them all day seems natural. If your child needs a little extra motivation, use his or her favorite treat as an incentive and reward for meeting daily or weekly goals.
Staying on top of the goals that you and your child set will always help them in the long run to have better vision, succeed in school, and feel better overall. Be consistent in the schedule you set for your child to wear his or her glasses each day. On the flip side, be sure to keep up with a rewards system if you start one!
If you’re setting goals, it’s important to help your child stick to them. While it’s okay to be compassionate and talk about how glasses can be a tough adjustment, it’s important to hold your child accountable, too. You may even want to enlist the help of your kiddo’s teacher to make sure he or she is keeping the glasses on.
Celebrities—they’re just like us! Seeing people we admire do things like wear glasses can help boost confidence in wearing them ourselves, especially for kids. Talk to them about famous people (or even fun family members) who wear glasses just like them.
From fictional characters to professional athletes, here are a few well-known people who wear glasses:
Whether your child is just starting to wear glasses or he or she has gotten into a routine, it’s important to check to make sure his or her glasses are fitting properly.
No children will want to wear their glasses if they’re too loose or uncomfortably tight. If you find that your child’s glasses aren’t fitting well, be sure to take them to your eye doctor’s office or local glasses provider to have him or her adjusted or fitted for new frames.
Wearing glasses can be a difficult adjustment for many kids, but you can help your child learn to love his or her frames. Following these five easy tips for getting kids to wear glasses can help make the process a little smoother.
Mather Vision Group is an optometry office in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact us to schedule an appointment, or stop in to see our wide variety of glasses and frames. You can find us online, on Facebook, and on Google+.