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So, you just found out your child needs glasses. You’re freaking out. I know. I’ve been there.
“Ugh! How am I going to get this crazy child to wear glasses?”
“And how am I going to keep them on her. And not buried in the sandbox or lost in her toy box?”
Two of my three kids wear glasses. They have since they were toddlers.
I’ll be honest… I freaked out, too, when I imagined keeping glasses on my busy one-year-old.
But looking back, our journey with kids in glasses hasn’t been so bad. Of course, I’ve learned some tricks along the way. Let me share them with you…
6 Tricks for When your Child Needs Glasses
1. Include them in the Selection Process – If your child is up for it, include them in picking out their frames. Consider the kids frames on Glasses.com. No worries about your busy bouncing kid amongst the sea of “no-touch” glasses in a store. Your kiddo can help choose their frames right at home, on your lap, in front of your computer or tablet. Glasses.com makes it so easy, walking you through the entire process, and will even contact your child’s eye doctor for the prescription if you need them to.
2. Prep your Child while you Wait – Now, take a deep breath. You usually have a little time to prep your kiddo before the glasses actually arrive ready to go. It can take up to a week for many places to have glasses ready. Use the wait time to do some of the following tips…
3. Point Out Loved Ones & Friends with Glasses – Your child might be scared because this is something new to him. But it’s probably not new to be seeing glasses on some of his favorite people already. Brainstorm with your child all the people he knows and loves who already wear glasses.
4. Read Book About Glasses – Check your local library for some children’s books about wearing glasses. Or order some online with quick delivery.
5. Put Some Glasses on his Stuffed Animal – This is my favorite trick. When I found out my one-year-old Sawyer needed glasses, I used brown embroidery floss to embroider some glasses onto his “lovey” dog. He’s nine and still snuggles that puppy every night. (Shh… don’t tell him I told you that.) If you’re not into sewing, though, you could also try adding glasses with some puffy paint or a permanent marker.
6. Draw Self-Portraits – Art is such a great way for kids to communicate and process their emotions and fears. Sit down and do some drawing with your child. Work in some conversation about her feelings about wearing glasses. Maybe draw self-portraits with fun and funky glasses on. Make it light and fun.
You probably won’t need all of those tricks. But hopefully, one or two fit your kids’ needs and help make wearing glasses a little easier for her.
I know hearing that your child needs glasses feels like a huge crisis in the moment. And I’m not trying to negate those feelings at all, but consider how lucky we are to have this necessary vision care for our children. 1.1 billion people lack access to an eye exam or pair of glasses.
That’s another reason I support B-Inspired Mama sponsor, Glasses.com. Glasses.com partners with OneSight, an independent nonprofit committed to eradicating the global vision care crisis, to launch the “Share Your Sight” Program. Through the “Share Your Sight” Program, every purchase from Glasses.com means a pair of glasses will be provided to a person in need.
Plus, after completing a purchase of prescription eyewear from Glasses.com, customers receive an email acknowledging their participation in the OneSight campaign and even offers them a shareable “double donation” link.
Beyond donating glasses, Glasses.com is committed to helping OneSight provide ongoing vision care access to those in need around the world through local and global OneSight vision clinics, too. So you and your child can feel even better about choosing your frames through Glasses.com.