If your child has been prescribed corrective lenses, they'll take some getting used to. It's hard enough for adults to get used to their first pair of prescription glasses. It's going to be even tougher for young children, especially if they've never worn any type of glasses before, including sunglasses. You'll not only need to help your child get used to their glasses, but you'll also need to help keep the glasses safe. Here are four simple tips that will help with the transition.
1. Choose the Right Glasses for Your Child
When it comes to choosing glasses, be sure to choose a pair that's right for your child. They may look cute, but if they're not geared towards your child's needs, you may end up wishing that you'd chosen another pair. First, be sure to choose a frame that's rugged enough to keep up with your child's active lifestyle. Second, choose lenses that are scratch-resistant and durable enough to avoid breaking when they're dropped. Finally, if your child is going to spend a lot of time outside, be sure to choose lenses that will protect their eyes from sun damage.
2. Keep a Spare Pair On Hand
Kids love to run around and play. Unfortunately, childhood games and roughhousing can lead to broken glasses. The last thing you want to do is leave your child without glasses while you wait for a new pair. You also don't want to limit your child's activities in an attempt to protect their glasses. Instead, be prepared for the inevitable broken glasses by keeping a spare pair on hand. That way, they have access to glasses while they wait for their replacement pair.
3. Teach Proper Removal Techniques
If your child is like most, they're going to try and remove their glasses with one hand. Unfortunately, the one-handed technique is a good way to break the stems. To make sure your child doesn't break the stems, teach them proper removal techniques. They can safely remove their glasses by using both hands. If they're not old enough to remove their own glasses, attach a glasses strap to them, and teach them that you're the only one allowed to remove their glasses.
4. Label the Glasses
You never know when your child is going to take their glasses off somewhere and forget where they put them. If they've lost them in the house, you can find them with a determined search. However, if your child takes them off somewhere else, it will be next to impossible to get them back. That's why you should label your child's glasses as soon as you get them. Inscribing your child's name and phone number on the glasses stem will ensure that you can be contacted once the glasses are located.
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