6 Ways to Help Children Adjust to Their New Glasses

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6 Ways to Help Children Adjust to Their New Glasses

Many children rely on eyeglasses to help with the development of their visual system. According to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, during the first 6-years of life, Children’s glasses play a vital role in making sure they are able to see properly. Whether the child suffers from misaligned eyes, a weak eye, or poor vision, they may have issues adjusting to wearing a new pair of children’s eyeglasses. Luckily, there are ways that a parent can help transition their child into wearing eyeglasses, while helping them to love their new look.

1.Wearing Glasses Is Cool

Help a child avoid the stereotypical fallacy that wearing eyeglasses is “nerdy.” Find some famous actors, actresses, music artists or popular role models who also wear glasses. Many smart, beautiful and talented people wear eyeglasses.

2.Talk About It

Take the time to explain why the child needs to wear eyeglasses. Let them know that millions of people wear eyeglasses and that they are not alone. Many people enjoy the benefits of clearer vision through eyeglasses. Educate them on the ways that wearing glasses can make their eyes healthier.

3.Choosing Frames

Picking out the perfect pair of frames can be exciting for children and adults alike. Parents can involve their child in the process. Children may be more apt to wear a pair of glasses that they have picked out themselves. Look through magazines and browse the vision center display to get a general feel for what’s available. Encourage the child to find a pair of frames that fits their unique sense of style and personality. Not only do glasses enhance your vision, but they are a major fashion accessory as well. With so many new shapes and colors of frames available, it won’t be hard to find a pair that is ideal for your child.


Many premier eyeglass retailers will allow wearers to customize their frames. The customer can etch their name in the arm of the frame. There are a variety of different fonts and colors to select from. They can even include a special mark or picture as well. Personalization enables a child to take ownership of the frames, and turn them into something they will love.

5.Try out the New Glasses

After your child has chosen the perfect pair of glasses, it is time to try them out. Take the child to an art gallery, museum or movie and let them experience clear vision. Have them compare their vision with and without the eyeglasses.

6.Teach Proper Eyeglass Care

Make sure that the child understands the importance of taking care of their eyeglasses. Create a routine that includes the following:

  • Wash the eyeglasses with warm and soapy water at least once a day.
  • Always dry the glasses using a lens cloth or another soft cloth.
  • Have your child choose a colorful eyeglass case where they can keep their glasses safe while they’re not wearing them.
  • Make it a habit to keep the child’s glasses in the same, safe place, such as on the bedside table or in the bathroom. This will help the child avoid misplacing them.

Proper eyeglass care will help the child’s glasses to last for a long time.

It’s easy to get a child to fall in love with the idea of wearing glasses. Pretty soon, it will become a part of who they are. Help your child to see life clearly through affordable, comfortable eyeglasses.

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  • http://www.natural4.kitsylane.com S Daniel

    Thanks for this article. It definitely hit home for me. My son has to get glasses and he is not feeling good about it.

  • Mandy T.

    OMG, my son just got his and he is horrible about complaining about wearing them! He has “accidently” left them home 3 times now on his way to school. Yeah, I ain’t buying it LOL

  • susan1215

    My daughter got glasses at age 7 and she really didn’t have a problem with it. She thought it was fun to pick out the frames she liked the best. She is 16 now and I told her she could get contact lens if she wants but she would rather wear her glasses.