Strategies to Get Your Child to Wear Glasses
- Involve your child in selecting eyewear (frames). If they have a say in the style they will be more inclined to wear them.
- Make sure the frames are fitted properly and are comfortable for your child. No one wants to wear an uncomfortable pair of glasses.
- Explain to your child the benefits of wearing glasses.
- Be positive (and stay positive) about the glasses. If your child sees that you are not thrilled with them, neither will he or she.
- Be a good role model. If you have glasses wear them.
- Read stories with characters that wear glasses. (Some examples include: Where Are Your Glasses? by Rhonda Fischer, Luna and the Big Blur by Shirley Day, Princess Peepers by Pam Calvert and the Arthur series by Marc Brown)
- Start with short intervals of time, and wearing them during an enjoyable activity. Children that are nearsighted might be motivated to wear their glasses during their favorite cartoon as TV is a good distracter and the glasses will make the TV image clearer.
- Use a timer and gradually increase the amount of time
- Be persistent, do not give in