If your child has a problem with their eyesight, it is helpful to try and notice it early on as their vision is still developing. This means your local optician can prescribe the right glasses for kids and ensure their vision is corrected sufficiently.
As a parent, it’s important that you can recognise any changes in their behaviour that may indicate a problem with their eyesight. Your child’s school may carry out vision screening when they are 4-5 years old, but it’s still important that you take your child to your local optician for a full eye examination, which is free until they are 16.
If it turns out that your child does need to wear glasses, it can be a big change. Here are some top tips to make sure they feel comfortable and confident!
Help them choose the right frames
The choice of frames for children’s glasses are endless; so many colours, patterns and styles. While you want to make sure they wear a pair that suits them, you should give your child a little bit of freedom when it comes to choosing the right pair. After all, they are the ones wearing them, not you!
Give your child plenty of time to try on different pairs and get used to what they look like. This can make a big difference in how they feel when wearing their new glasses out and about.
Look for exciting and fun styles
So many children’s glasses come with fun designs, whether it’s the badge of their favourite football team, a flowery pattern or simply just bright colours. Help your child find a style that suits their interests and style, and it will be much easier to encourage them to wear their new glasses.
Try to turn your child’s glasses into a cool fashion accessory, or a new gadget that helps them to see clearly. By making them out to be more than just a pair of glasses, your child will see them as a little bit more exciting.
Explain the benefits
The most important thing when it comes to your child wearing glasses is that they understand why. Explaining the benefits of their glasses is key, including that the glasses are there to help your child see things clearly again.
Myopia, also known as short-sightedness, can be common in children, appearing around the ages of 6-13. Your child should understand that by wearing their glasses, they will be able to do some activities much easier like reading the board at school or watching television.