Congratulations on identifying your child’s vision problems and having them fitted with glasses! Unfortunately, glasses won’t work unless your child actually wears them. Your child may feel embarrassed about wearing glasses. In some cases, glasses have been known to be stuffed into backpacks as soon as parents are of sight. The help of teachers has even been enlisted to remind kids to wear their glasses in the classroom. However, there’s a better way. Use these ideas to make your child more comfortable wearing glasses.
Start Them Out With Sunglasses
Your child will probably feel more comfortable wearing sunglasses since a lot of people wear them. Start your child out with wearing sunglasses, so they can get accustomed to the sensation and experience of wearing glasses. This is also a great opportunity to teach them about caring for glasses in general.
Wear Your Own Glasses
Poor eyesight often runs in the family. If you wear glasses, make sure you wear them instead of contact lenses, as much as possible. Most kids identify with their parents, so if you’re wearing eyeglasses, your child will feel better about wearing them, too.
Point Out Other Kids With Glasses
As you go about your daily errands, point out other kids who are wearing glasses. Before that, your child may not have noticed that other kids need glasses. In fact, you may want to point out that if they didn’t notice, then others won’t notice their glasses, either.
Read Books About Wearing Glasses
There may be some cute books about a child getting their first glasses. Consult with your librarian to source books like these.
Find Pictures of Famous People Wearing Glasses
Remind your child that the smartest people in the world wear glasses. Find pictures of people like Bill Gates, Einstein, Elon Musk and more.
Let Them Choose Their Own
Let your child pick out their own glasses. This gives them a sense of ownership, and they’ll be more likely to feel good about wearing them.
When your child feels more comfortable wearing their glasses, you won’t have to struggle to get them to wear them when you aren’t looking. To have your child fitted for eyeglasses, contact us today.