According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25.3% of children between the ages of 2 to 17 wear glasses, and the percentage increase with their age. But what happens if those little eyes look at those round frames longingly? How can you persuade them to wear them?
Well, today, we have some tips and tricks to help you manage your child’s eyewear needs. Let’s take a look.
Make Sure They Have the Right Pair
Before buying eyeglasses for your child, you need to make sure that their eyes are properly examined and they have the right prescription. An eye test also examines other eye issues in growing children, like color blindness, eye movement, eye alignment, and depth perception, and therefore it is important to take your kids for regular eye checkups.
After the prescription has been written, it’s time to find the pair of glasses that you want your child to wear. Eyeglasses come in many different shapes and sizes, so if your child doesn’t like one style, don’t give up. There are plenty of other options out there for them.
Be Mindful of Their Frames
While it’s true that you get what you pay for, a pair of glasses may not need to be as expensive as you think. The most important thing is to ensure that your child is comfortable when wearing their glasses and that they’re able to see well while wearing them. Remember, if they’d rather take them off than wear them, then the glasses aren’t working.
When choosing frames, take note of the following:
- If your child plays sports or does other physical activities outside of school, look for frames with a durable build and shatter-resistant lenses so that their vision isn’t impaired during playtime.
- If he or she spends more time indoors reading books or doing homework on the computer instead, or if his/her facial shape makes it difficult for him/her to find comfortable glasses, then perhaps another style might be better suited for him/her. For example, half-rimless.
Always Have Them Wear Their Eyeglasses
According to BBC, the growing trend of short-sightedness in children is alarming for parents and doctors all around the world. While the age to develop myopia was between 8 to 12, more and more younger children are now becoming myopic.
If you have a child who wears glasses, don’t forget the importance of wearing them. If they don’t wear their glasses, they won’t be able to see. They will have a hard time doing their schoolwork and playing with friends because they can’t see that well. They will also have a hard time seeing the world around them.
Make sure that your children know how important it is for them to wear their eyeglasses when they are outside or at home where there is more light than normal. You could even show them examples of people who had trouble seeing before they got glasses and how much better life was after they wore their glasses every day.
Don’t Punish Your Child for Not Taking Care of Their Glasses
If you’re a parent, you know that it can be difficult to get your kids to manage their eyeglasses properly. One of the best ways to help them is by not punishing them when they lose or damage their glasses.
It can be frustrating when your child puts in minimal effort or forgets about their glasses, but punishing them for forgetting could make things worse. Instead, try and be patient with your child and explain what happens when they don’t take care of their eyeglasses properly.
Wash and Clean the Lenses Often
The first and most important thing to remember is to wash and clean the lenses often. The best way to do this is with a microfiber cloth that you can buy at any eyewear store or online. Just be sure not to use any household cleaners, toothpaste, or other abrasive cleaners.
According to Future Markets Insight, the microfiber cleaning cloth is steadily gaining popularity, with its market witnessing a steady increment at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5%. It highlights the increased use of microfiber cloths for cleaning eyeglasses.
Wash your child’s eyeglasses in warm water using mild dish soap and rinse them thoroughly with fresh water. Never put them in the dishwasher.
Help Them Keep Track of Their Glasses
If you’re the parent of a young kid who wears glasses, there are a few things you can do to help them keep track of their eyewear. The first step is to have them use a case or container for their glasses. Then make sure that it goes with them wherever they go, whether it’s in their pocket, backpack, purse, or even desk drawer at school.
Also, make sure that everyone else in your household knows where the case is kept, so they don’t accidentally get lost when looking for something else. Finally, if possible, buy multiple pairs so they won’t be tempted by other kids’ cool designs out there on the market today.
Get a Strap to Prevent Loss or Misplacement
If your child’s glasses are not too expensive, you may wish to consider getting a strap to prevent loss or misplacement. You can get one that goes behind the ears or around the neck. This will help keep them safe from being lost, broken, and damaged by other children at school.
If you’ve got a young person who relies on glasses, you know how much they can be a hassle. From getting them on and off in the morning to remembering to take them off at night, kids don’t have the patience or attention span of adults when it comes to managing their eyewear.
We hope following these tricks can make things easier for both you and your child.