4 Ways to Help Your Child Adjust to Wearing Eyeglasses
For children with poor eyesight, a pair of eyeglasses is one of the best gifts that they can receive.
With this eyewear, kids will be able to see more clearly. When worn correctly and regularly, the eyeglasses in children will also correct their vision problems based on the result of their eye test in Dubai. These problems can include myopia or nearsightedness, hyperopia or farsightedness, astigmatism.
But no matter how excited your child may feel when they get their glasses, this emotion can quickly fade away if you do not prepare them for the full experience. Your little one may also have difficulties once they start wearing them.
If your child will be getting their first eyeglasses soon, here are four tips you can follow to help them adjust to wearing their eyepiece:
Have your child choose their first eyepiece.
Your child will be the one getting eyeglasses, not you. As such, encourage them to choose a pair that they will love and be comfortable wearing.
When you want to get eyeglasses in children, if your child is old enough, accompany them to the optical shop, but let them decide which pair to get. If they are still on the younger side, point out some suitable frames and help them choose one that fits them comfortably from those options.
By involving your child in the frame selection process, you can expect an outcome that everyone can be happy with.
And this will go a long way in helping them feel comfortable with wearing glasses and the whole adjustment process.
Help them focus on the positive side of wearing glasses.
If your child is hesitant about wearing eyeglasses, they will have more difficulties adjusting to their new look and habit.
You can help them overcome their reluctance and worries with these tips:
● Let your child know it’s cool to wear glasses.
A good way to help your child feel less doubtful or embarrassed about wearing eyeglasses is to let them know that there are plenty of other cool people who use them.
If your child is a big fan of pop culture, remind them that some of the most popular characters wear eyeglasses. These include Harry Potter, Cyclops (of X-Men), Clark Kent, and Tony Stark.
Several well-known celebrities are also not embarrassed about wearing eyeglasses. Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Aniston, Kit Harrington, and Demi Lovato are some of the popular stars who sport prescription glasses.
● Be generous with compliments.
Children like hearing that they look good, especially when they are wearing something new. Boost their confidence by complimenting them once they start donning their glasses.
Aside from giving them verbal praises, give them high fives.
Keep in mind that children trust their parents’ opinions. As such, compliment them on their new look to give them the encouragement they need to continue wearing their glasses.
● Keep reminding them of the benefits of eyeglasses in children.
Your child should know from the start that they can see better whenever they put on their glasses. This means that they will be able to watch shows, movies, and videos without squinting or getting too near the screen.
Your little one will also be able to read books without putting the material too close to their eyes.
All these can help them focus, enjoy different activities more, and improve their lifestyle.
Remind your child about these benefits regularly so that they can appreciate their eyewear.
Help them get used to wearing and being responsible for their eyeglasses.
Children, especially younger ones, need some time to get used to changing or adding something to their routine. Wearing their glasses every day can be a huge change that they have to get accustomed to.
Remember that if they keep forgetting to wear or take their glasses with them when they go out, the eyewear won’t help them improve their sight, which can further deteriorate.
Because of this, you have to teach your child to make it a habit to wear their glasses and get them to bring these with them wherever they go.
Start by reminding your child to put their glasses in the same place whenever they are not wearing them so that they always know where the glasses are when necessary.
Make sure you also teach your child to always keep the glasses in their case to reduce the chances of scratching them or breaking them accidentally.
Lastly, teach your child how to keep their glasses clean. Ensure they wash them often and use only a soft microfiber cloth when wiping them.
Bring your child to their scheduled eye checkups.
Regular eye checkups are necessary for keeping your child’s vision healthy. For this reason, make sure you bring them to their ophthalmologist during their scheduled appointments.
It is important that you bring your child to their ophthalmologist’s clinic a few weeks after they start wearing their eyeglasses. Your specialist needs to ensure that your little one is comfortable with the glasses and that these are working well for them.
The ophthalmologist can also give your child tips on how they can take care of their eyewear and their vision.
Once your ophthalmologist recommends prescription glasses for your child, take some time to prepare them for this lifestyle change. This will help them ease into the transition and enjoy the many benefits of wearing them.
Dr. Millicent M. Grim, Specialist Ophthalmologist & LASIK Specialist, is the Medical Director of Gulf Eye Center in Dubai. Since 2002, Gulf Eye Center’s highly qualified ophthalmologists and optometrists/ODs have been successfully treating a wide range of eye conditions using advanced techniques. They also provide comprehensive eye care and vision restoration procedures for people of all ages.