“I’ll not wear it because they make fun of me”
“I’ll not wear it because it makes me look old”
“I’ll not wear it because nobody in my class wears it”
“I’ll not wear it because they fall off when I play”
Do you find these excuses familiar? If so, you are not alone. Getting your child to wear eyeglasses is an uphill task, some kids take to them like a duck to water, but others throw tantrums, make excuses, and even have mini meltdowns. Forcing them to wear their prescription eyeglasses will only make it worse for both of you.
Here are a few easy and fun ways to get your child to wear his or her eyeglasses.
1 See The World Through Their Eyes
Understand that wearing eyeglasses is a radical change in your kid’s lifestyle. Every time your kid wears and takes off his or her eyeglass the vision goes from blurry to clear and that is not an easily adjustable experience for any young one. Once you understand what your kid is going through then you can explain all the benefits to them in a way they would understand; like how watching movies will get so much clearer, they’ll be able to see what the teacher writes on the blackboard even if they’re sitting in the last row, reading a book will be a breeze, and even that their new glasses can become a cool, fashion accessory.
Parenting Hack: Watch movies and read books with your child and keep asking them the difference between glasses on and glasses off for them to understand how much their glasses help.
2 Build Their Confidence, Bit By Bit
Kids worry they will be made fun of if they wear glasses, which is true in many cases. You have to talk them out of their fear. And you can do that by pointing out all their favorite sportsmen who wear glasses like Virat Kohli, Novak Djokovich and Christiano Ronaldo, or their favorite superheroes like Harry Potter, Ironman, Wonder Woman, Superman and The Hulk. This will build confidence in them and make wearing spectacles a relatable activity.
Parenting Hack: Make a poster of your child’s favorite heroes wearing eyeglasses and put it up in their room.
3 Slow And Steady Wins The Race
Your kid might just get bored, tired, or irritated by wearing glasses all day long. So set small goals. Start by encouraging your child to wear eyeglasses for 15-30 minutes every day, and work your way up from there.
A good idea is to start your child off on a starter pair that’s a light, flexible frame like
Parenting Hack: Treating your child to their favorite snack or a small reward on completing the set goal will work wonders.
4 Let Them Choose Their Frames
Rule number one of choosing eyewear – the one, who wears it, gets to choose it. Choosing their frame brings a sense of ownership to children. If you want your child to get excited about wearing eyeglasses letting them choose their frames is the easiest way to achieve it. There is a wide range of kid-friendly, durable, lightweight frames of different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles to choose from available at your fingertips.
Check out some popular styles that are flying off the shelves right now
Parenting Hack: The 3D Try-on feature on Lenskart is a fun way for your child to choose his or her eyeglasses without getting tired or bored.
5 Include Their Teachers
Admit it, you can’t be with your child every hour of the day especially when they are in school. Include the teachers at school in your child’s eyeglasses journey to make sure that your child wears glasses when he or she needs to.
Parenting Hack: Buy an extra pair of eyeglasses for home and school to use when your child loses or breaks one.
6 Strap it up!
Most kids with glasses struggle to keep them on while playing sports. The glasses fall off or slip in all that rough and tumble, but don’t worry there is an easy and affordable solution for this– strap holders. A strap holder easily fits onto any eyeglasses and keeps them in place. Plus its comfortable to wear and ideal for outdoor sports.
Check out some designs right here at Lenskart like
Parenting Hack: Buy strap holders in multiple colors to match your kid’s clothing making them a fashion accessory for your child.
7 Follow the 3D’s – Diet, Doctor, and Diagnoses
Diet: Slowly and gradually start making changes in your child’s diet by adding more green leafy vegetables, nuts, brightly colored fruits and a rainbow array of veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin to your child’s mealtimes. These foods are rich in Vitamin A and Beta Carotene, both of which help improve eyesight in children and adults alike.
Doctor: Visit your doctor, ask as many questions as you need to, explain to your doctor what works for your child and what doesn’t to understand how your child can cope up with this lifestyle change.
Diagnosis: A regular diagnosis of your child’s eye power is a must. It will help you keep a record of any fluctuations. You should regularly visit your optician to make sure your child’s eyeglasses are fitting comfortably. An optician can also help in teaching your child how to take care of his or her eyeglasses.
Parenting Hack: To make your child eat more vegetables changing the way they look on the plate will go a long way. Make the food visually more appealing to your child and see the difference it makes. Add them to pasta, stuff them in parathas, or make tikkis and watch them gobble up all the goodness.
As a parent, I am sure you are well versed with the phrase “Be patient” so be patient, and your little bundle of joy will soon learn to love his or her frames.