Tips for Younger Children with Eyeglasses

December 1, 2016 4 Comments »

Last year Lil’ C mentioned she was having a hard time seeing things in her Kindergarten classroom. Little did I know there were several signs that I brushed off that were pointing to her needing glasses. After a visit to the eye doctor, I realized that Lil’ C’s headaches probably weren’t related to allergies but most likely from eye strain.

While I was glad we went to see the eye doctor I wish I would have figured out that C’s eyes were bothering her sooner. Regardless, we found out that her eyes only need a little bit of help as her eye muscles are still developing. The ophthalmologist said this is a pretty common issue with children in this age group.

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Isn’t she cute?!?!

Since I’ve never needed glasses I wasn’t sure how to properly clean them or wear them. Luckily we’ve learned some great tips on eyeglass care for children that will help C take care of her glasses.

 

“If they’re not on your face they’re in your case.” This was a rhyme that C was taught to ensure that her glasses go in a safe place when she’s not wearing her glasses.

These days having glasses is “cool” and everyone wants a chance to wear them, unfortunately it’s also an opportunity for your child’s glasses get broken. Role play with your child scenarios where they learn to be comfortable saying, “no” to their friends when it comes to trying on glasses.

Purchase at least 2 pairs of glasses in case one is broken or misplaced. Of course buying glasses can get pricey so I suggest finding the frame shape for your child and checking out discount glasses websites like the ones we found at GlassesUSA.com. Aside from having a pair that she can use in case one is damaged, we also found that it’s nice for her to have a pair in her bedroom for nighttime reading and downstairs for school work since she’s not required to wear her glasses 24/7.

Have your eye doctor, or another adult show your child the correct way to remove their glasses. Often times Lil’ C will pull her glasses off with one hand causing her glasses to need adjusting and even going as far as bending the screws in her glasses {oops}. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way, but teaching your child is the best way to help their glasses last.

Purchase the protection plan. Trust me, it’s well worth it. See tip #4, C needed a new pair of glasses after bending one of her screws and scratching up her lenses a little, luckily we only had to pay a small copay for a replacement pair.

 

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  1. Karen Glatt December 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM - Reply

    And make to to clean the lenses with water and the appropriate cloth to make sure not to get scratches on them. Just because there might be scratch resistant coating, does not mean you can not scratch the lenses. Getting two pairs is so important for kids. In case something happens to one pair.

  2. Janet W. December 12, 2016 at 5:41 AM - Reply

    I like that rhyme! Great reminder for keeping the glasses safe when she isn’t wearing them. They look good on her!

    • Jennifer Bullock December 12, 2016 at 9:03 AM - Reply

      Yes we learned it at the opthamologist. It’s so funny how glasses used to look different on her and now that she’s had them for a while she doesn’t look like herself with them off.

  3. Jasmine January 5, 2017 at 11:15 PM - Reply

    I used to have a pair of glasses when I was very young, I don’t need them anymore now.

    Back then, I was always misplacing my glasses, because I wasn’t used to it. A neck tie (sort of like a rope around the handle) was very useful then.

    So if am not using it, it’s dangling on my neck.

    Thanks for sharing this valuable post.

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