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How to Warm Your Child Up to Wearing Glasses

Change is often challenging for kids anytime there’s a new experience or a change in routine, such as needing prescription eyeglasses. Here at ReVision Optix, at our offices in Simpsonville and Greenville, South Carolina, Dr. Sean Stevens and Dr. Tiffany Brawner, take great pride in offering exceptional optometry services and welcoming children of all ages so they see better and feel confident in their new glasses. As a parent, you know how to best help your kids make transitions as easy as possible, and we’re here to help when it comes to their new glasses. 

Normalize the whole experience

One of the best ways to help your child warm up to wearing glasses is to normalize the whole experience – and it certainly works in your favor if you or your child’s other parent also wears glasses. And, even if neither of you need corrective lenses, these tips make wearing glasses just a normal part of your child’s day. Depending on the age of your little one, it may be helpful to:

Talk about people you know who wear glasses

Kids like to fit in with their peers at every age, and wearing glasses can make them feel different. It may help to read books about kids who wear glasses or to name all their friends, teachers, and family members who wear glasses, so your child learns that glasses are a common part of life for many people. 

Talk about how glasses help you see better

If you or your child’s other parent wears glasses, talk about your experience. Share how much more clearly you can see and explain to your child how it will help them at school, at the movies, on the playground, or participating in their favorite activity or sport. 

Let them help pick their new frames

Just as adults have preferences about the style of their new eyeglass frames, children often do, too. Encourage your child to be part of the selection process of trying on frames that appeal to their sense of taste and style. They’ll be more inclined to wear glasses that they helped pick out and ones they feel good about wearing. 

Additionally, the comfort of your child’s new eyeglass frames makes a difference in whether or not they’re willing to wear them every day. We can help you find the right size frames for their face shape. This way, not only will they feel confident wearing frames that look nice, but they’ll also have frames that feel comfortable.

Make glasses part of their morning routine

Just like brushing their teeth, putting on glasses can become part of your child’s morning routine. Create a new schedule that helps them get ready and remember to put on their glasses before they begin their day. Or, if they only need to wear glasses to see their computer screen or the whiteboard at school, create a checklist that includes putting their new glasses safely in the case and into their backpack so they don’t forget them at home. 

Give positive feedback

Once your child is fitted with new prescription glasses, be sure to give them positive feedback for wearing their new specs! You can do this by complimenting how well their new frames go with an outfit, add to their sense of style, or make them look even smarter. It’s also a good idea to encourage them to wear their glasses by saying things like, “You should be proud of yourself for wearing your glasses at school today. I bet it really helped you see the whiteboard.” 

Or, “I’m proud of you for wearing your glasses every time you use your laptop. That means you’re preventing eye strain and keeping your eyes healthy.”

A little encouragement can go a long way in helping your child warm up to wearing their new glasses, and help them see clearly for years to come. 

If you’re concerned about a change in your child’s vision and think they might need glasses, or to schedule a routine eye exam for every member of your family, call us at either of our South Carolina locations, or request an appointment online today. 

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