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Eyeglasses for Infants and Children

Having a successful visit to the eye doctor is only half the battle of improving your child's sight. Convincing your child to wear prescription glasses is the other half and quite possibly the most difficult. Here are some suggestions to help you find the right eyeglasses for kids and help your child adjust to wearing them every day.

  1. Make sure your child's eyeglass frames fit. Frames should fit properly, without pinching the ears or nose, or weighing down the face. Check points of contact periodically to make sure that there is no skin irritation.
  2. Make sure the eyeglass prescription is correct. If your child is looking over the eyeglasses or complains that he or she cannot see with them, the prescription may be incorrect. An optician or eye doctor will be able to determine the optical accuracy of your child's eyeglass prescription.
  3. Start gradually. Start your child wearing eyeglasses for only short periods of time and without walking around at first . Then gradually increase how long your child has them on.
  4. Make them routine. Putting eyeglasses on and taking them off should be part of the daily routine. Encourage your child to put them on in the morning when he or she dresses and take them off at night before going to bed.
  5. Be sure to offer positive reinforcement when your child does wear eyeglasses.

What Do I Do If My Child Refuses to Wear Glasses?

If your child refuses to wear his or her glasses, make sure the prescription is correct. If the prescription is correct, try using positive reinforcement and explain why it's important to wear them.

What Should I Do When My Child is Playing Sports?

Thousands of injuries happen to children's eyes each year while they are playing sports. Almost all of these injuries could be prevented if protective eye gear is worn. Protective eye gear comes with both prescription and non-prescription lenses. Children should wear this gear when participating in any number of sports including:

  • Baseball/softball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Karate
  • Racquetball

Your child may be reluctant at first to wear protective gear, especially if his or her teammates are not wearing any. Some ways to persuade children include allowing your child to pick out a style he or she may like and wearing protective eye gear yourself when playing sports.



WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD on January 20, 2016

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