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How to encourage your children to wear their glasses

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Problems with your eyesight can occur at any time, whether you are a young child or an adult. However, children may not notice a change in their vision. As a parent, it is important that you keep an eye on your children’s vision and to try and recognise any changes in their behaviour.

Eye problems in children are much easier to treat, as their vision is still developing. Myopia can appear in children between 6 and 13, so you should look out for any signs that your child may have a sight problem.

Your child’s school may carry out vision screening soon after they start school at around 4-5 years old, but it doesn’t happen in all areas and isn’t as thorough as a full eye exam at the opticians. All children under 16 are eligible for free eye examinations, so ensure you take them to your local optician for regular checks.

If it turns out that your child needs glasses, it can be a big change for them. It’s important that you help them to feel confident and comfortable in their new lenses. With that in mind, here are some top tips to keep in mind.

Let them choose their own frames

Choosing glasses for children doesn’t have to be a daunting task, but in some cases getting your child to wear their glasses can be a challenge. It may be helpful to let your child choose their own style.

Little girl trying on pink and black glasses

Try to guide your child in the direction of frames that will suit them, and let them try on different ones to get used to how they look. It should feel like it’s their choice, not yours! This can make a big difference in how your child feels about their glasses, so remember to make it a fun experience.

Look out for fun styles

Many children’s frames are made with cool colours and patterns; for example, football team badges, animals or flowers, as well as bright colours. This can make your child much more receptive to wearing them as they are much more exciting to look at.

It can be easier to encourage your child to wear their glasses if they are seen as more of a fashion accessory. You could even add some extra fun to it by explaining that their glasses are a cool gadget that gives them the superpower to see perfectly.

Find their favourite celebs who wear glasses

Glasses for children are very common and it’s unlikely that your child will be the only one in their class wearing them. However, it might be helpful to find some famous people they like who wear glasses too. Whether it’s a favourite sports player, child actor or singer, it might give your child more confidence to wear their own pair of glasses.

Persistence pays off

It’s important to be persistent with your message that your child wears their new glasses. Talk to their teacher to ensure that they’re worn at school as well as at home. Try a sticker chart to reward the change in behaviour.

A sticker chart rewarding a child for wearing their glasses

Explain the benefits

It’s important that you explain how important it is for your child to wear their glasses, as well as showing them the fun side. Try to show them how much easier it is to watch television or read a book when they have their glasses on.

Children of school age are at a crucial point in their development, and wearing glasses could make a big difference in their performance at school.

If you notice things like your child sitting closer to the television, or they begin to complain of headaches or tired eyes, you should consider making an appointment with your local optician to make sure everything is okay.

 

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