How to Pick Your Kid’s Glasses

Medically Reviewed by Whitney Seltman, OD on October 15, 2020

A successful eye doctor visit is only half the battle when it comes to helping your child see better. The hard part comes when you have to persuade them to wear their new glasses every day. Follow these steps to find the right specs and help them want to keep them on.

Fit the frames: They shouldn’t pinch their ears or nose, or weigh down their face. Check the spots where they touch their face every so often to make sure their skin isn’t irritated.

Get the prescription right: If your child looks over the tops of their glasses or complains that they can’t see with them, their prescription may be wrong. Go back to your optician or eye doctor and get it checked out.

Start slowly: Have them wear the glasses for short periods of time while they sit down at the beginning. It’s also best to start first thing in the morning. Then gradually increase how long they keep them on.

Set a schedule: Make their eyeglasses part of their daily routine. Encourage them to put them on in the morning when they get dressed and take them off at night before they go to bed.

Pile on the praise: Let them know what a good job they’re doing every time they wear their glasses.

What if They Refuse?

If they just won’t do it, troubleshoot first. Is the prescription correct? If it is, explain again why they need them. And don’t forget to praise them when they wear them.

What if They Play Sports?

Whether it’s prescription or not, protective eyewear is a great way to prevent injuries. It’s a good idea for any kid who’s into:

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

Your child may not want to use protective eyewear at first, especially if they’re the only one on the team who has it. But you can help. Let them pick out the eye gear, so they’re in charge of style. Or lead by example and wear the gear yourself when you play sports.

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