Vision correction for children is common; but having children diagnosed properly, fitted with glasses that will help them, and then paired with glasses that they will actually wear can be a bit of a challenge. As parents, there are several signs you should be on the lookout for that indicated that your child might need eye glasses:
- Holding a book too close or too far away when they read
- Losing their place on a regular basis when they read
- Frequently rubbing their eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Closing one eye or the other when they read or watch television
- Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
- Avoiding activities that require good visual acuity, such as sports or other recreational activities
- Excessive tearing
Winning the “Wear It” Battle
After your child has been diagnosed with needing glasses, the biggest issue you may have is trying to get them to stay on their noses. Kids are notorious for not wearing glasses when they should, either due to comfort or not fitting in socially. As a parent, there are steps you can take to alleviate this problem.
You will need to find a pair of eyeglass frames that are not only durable and safe, but that your child will want to wear from a style point of view. Frame manufacturers are up to the challenge and many optometrists offer branded or licensed eyewear that kids will gravitate to, thus minimizing any social issues.
Younger children can tap into popular frames from Disney, Marvel Comics, Fisher-Price, and others. Older kids may choose from popular frames manufactured by Nike, Converse, or other sports themed eyewear – especially if they are active and on the go. Other children, and especially teen girls who are more fashion conscious than ever can opt from selections by Guess, Calvin Klein, Espirit, Nine West, Banana Republic, and a host of celebrity endorsed frames and eyewear.
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