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Helping Your Child Adjust to Glasses

Helping Your Child Adjust to Glasses

If your child needs glasses, they’re in good company. About 25% of children between the ages of 2 and 17 wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wearing glasses can take some adjustment, especially in younger children who may not understand why they have to wear glasses or who may worry that other children will make fun of them.

Here at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, our eye care specialists understand the challenges parents face in helping children adjust to wearing glasses. With that in mind, we offer the following tips to make the process smoother.

Tip 1: Focus on the benefits

Talk with your child about how wearing glasses will help them. Perhaps they’ll have less trouble seeing things that are far away, like the faces of their friends at the park. Or maybe they’ll be correcting a problem that could get worse without glasses, such as crossed or misaligned eyes.

Whatever the reason, explain the benefits in an age-appropriate way. Your child is more likely to wear their glasses as directed if they understand the ways in which glasses will help them. And remind your child that lots of other kids wear glasses, too. 

To help ease the transition, our providers at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona do our best to make sure your child feels comfortable during eye care visits.

Tip 2: Let your child choose their frames

Kids are more likely to wear their glasses if they can pick out frames they like. Fortunately, we have a large selection of frames to suit every budget, including a wide selection of child-friendly frames.

Tip 3: Give your child time to adjust

Like any other life change, wearing glasses takes time to get used to. Your child may sometimes forget to wear their glasses, leave them at school, or even lose them. Be as patient as possible as they get accustomed to their glasses, and remember that before you both know it, wearing glasses will be a normal part of their lives.

Tip 4: Schedule frequent follow-ups

Your child will be more comfortable wearing glasses if they fit well and feel comfortable. Be sure to bring your child in regularly for routine follow-up care and scheduled eye exams, and don’t hesitate to call for an appointment if your child’s glasses are uncomfortable in any way.

Tip 5: Consider contact lenses for older children

Contact lenses may be an option for your older child. Although contacts do require careful handling, many of our teen patients have done just fine with them. Our contact lens specialists have experience working with teens who want to wear contacts instead of glasses. 

Contact us today to schedule an eye exam or an eyeglass fitting for yourself or your child. Call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online. Our offices are conveniently located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona, and we also offer services through our mobile eye clinic.

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