Tips for Kids with Eyeglasses
When your child needs eyeglasses for the first time, it may seem like a daunting task, but most parents are surprised at how well their child adapts to them (after a proper fitting, of course). Some children are averse to wearing glasses at first, but with a little bit of encouragement, a well-fitting pair of eyeglasses, and some patience, your child will be able to get used to their his or her eyeglasses in no time.
Getting your child to wear eyeglasses
The first hurdle is getting your child to wear the eyeglasses that they have been prescribed. This can be especially difficult with very young children and those with special needs when you can’t communicate with them about why wearing glasses is so important. In these instances, it is important to make sure your child develops positive associations with wearing their glasses. Be sure to always smile when placing the glasses on your child and, even if they repeatedly remove them, never get frustrated or act angry. Simply set the glasses aside for a few minutes and then try again. Wearing glasses shouldn’t be a traumatic experience! For older children, it is important that they understand why they need glasses, which is why working with an optician experienced with children can make a world of difference. At Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland, our team of ophthalmologists, opticians, optometrists, and orthoptists have decades of combined experience working with children and making them feel comfortable. We understand the difficulties that children have with adjusting to glasses and we will go above and beyond to ensure that your child has a positive experience along every step of their new journey with glasses. We can also provide parents with advice and resources on how to ensure that your child is able to get used to their new glasses quickly and easily.
One of the most effective ways to ensure that your child is able to easily adjust to their new pair of eyeglasses is by purchasing a pair that fits comfortably. In our Young Eyes Optical Shop, our opticians fit and craft eyeglasses that are custom-created for each of our patients to ensure the perfect fit. We take a wide variety of measurements to ensure that the glasses will account for your child’s unique facial features and your child will go home with a great looking and comfortable pair of glasses. With evening and weekend appointments available at four locations in Maryland–including Clarksville, Baltimore, and Westminster–we make it easy and convenient to find the right glasses for your child.