Did you know that eighty percent of what children learn is through their eyes? For many of us wanting to set our children up for success, wearing those glasses is crucial to ensuring they learn to the best of their ability. But as many parents experience, getting your child to wear their glasses seems like a tall order. Especially since many have a hard time simply sitting through a meal! Know you’re not alone – it’s a common struggle. So common, in fact, that we’ve collected these tried and true tips that should make things a bit easier (for the both of you!).
1) Give them ownership. Let kids be a part of picking out their glasses. This gives them an opportunity to express themselves and when kids have a say in the selection process, it makes them more likely to wear their glasses. There are tons of great options for kids’ glasses, with plenty of choices when it comes to stylish eyewear trends like color blocking or durable and lightweight options for active kiddos.
2) Take baby steps. Making new adjustments is hard for anyone. Kids are no different. Some will get in the swing of things quicker than others. The best thing you can do is start small – ask your child to wear them for fifteen minutes a day. Then move up to 30 minutes a day. Keep going and eventually wearing glasses becomes the norm and not the exception.
3) Harry Potter. Taylor Swift. Justin Beiber. What do these cultural icons all have in common? Yep, they wear glasses. Find someone your child can relate to who wears glasses. Together, make a collage of photos of them wearing glasses and put it up in your child’s room. And PS, you might find many of their favorite icons wearing classic eyewear styles like these from MarchonNYC.
4) Your doctor is your partner. Don’t be afraid to go back to your eye doctor if they aren’t fitting right. They will want to know what is and isn’t working for your child, and will be happy to make adjustments as needed.
5) Talk to teacher. School can be tricky because many kids will tell their parents they’re wearing their glasses, when they really aren’t. Always let the teacher know what’s expected of the child with his or her glasses. Also, consider having two pairs of glasses, one for school and one for home. This will ensure that your child has his glasses when and where he needs them.
Take a peak at the top 3 kids eyewear trends in this infographic from Eyeconic.
This is a guest post from VSP Global employee, Ryan W.