Wearing eyeglasses can be a big adjustment for children.
- Praise them for wearing their glasses. Help them identify with others who wear glasses, particularly someone they idolize such as an athlete or community leader.
- If, after several days, they are still not wearing their glasses regularly, try to determine why. Are the glasses not comfortable or do they hurt their eyes? They could need a frame or even a prescription adjustment.
- Give children a place to keep their glasses (in their case) when they’re not wearing them.
- Make putting glasses on in the morning and taking them off at night a part of their everyday routine.
Proper care of children’s new glasses will help them last longer.
- Use dish soap and warm water to clean glasses, if you don’t have a cleaner designed for lenses.
- Never use paper towels, bath towels or other rough materials to dry lenses. A micro-fiber cloth is best, but a soft t-shirt will work as a substitute.
- Don’t store eyeglasses in extreme temperatures.
- When children are not wearing their glasses, keep them in a hard-cover case. The case will protect glasses in the event they are dropped and also keep the frame from getting bent.
- A strap comes in handy so kids’ eyeglasses don’t fly off during sports or other activities. Vision To Learn can provide one for free.
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