- 1 Children's glasses: the purchase
- 2 Children's glasses: attention to safety
- 3 Glasses for children: the tricks to make them accept
- 4 Glasses for children: management
In recent years, the use of children's eyewear has seen a sharp surge. A growth due in general to the greater number of eye checks carried out already around three years. According to experts, in fact, intervening on a smaller child allows more effective and less complicated corrections. At 5 or 6 years of age, a completely "formed" condition is met. Furthermore, the child will not have to start primary school suddenly feeling “different”. On the contrary, if involved in the choice and use from the very beginning, he will find it quite natural to “wear” his special lenses even in a new environment.
Unfortunately, however, not all children accept eyeglasses with a smile. The older ones for aesthetic reasons, the younger ones for fear of being laughed at by schoolmates. Sometimes it becomes really difficult for parents to safeguard and protect their children's eyesight. Yet there are some tricks to make you wear glasses more willingly.
Glasses for children: the purchase
As a first step, super parents, take some time to devote to purchasing the right frames. Create a positive and fun atmosphere in which your child will understand that he is the real protagonist and that he can choose from the many and colorful frames of today. If the glasses become an "object of clear ownership", the child will want to wear them more precisely because he will feel them.
Speaking of frames, many also have interchangeable temples, which should not be underestimated in his perception of being able to always have different glasses. There are many models. The key aspect is that the frame is light. Only in this way will it be well tolerated by the child. Make sure it is the right size: they must not slip on the nose. Buying a large frame so that you don't have to change it as you grow is a wrong criterion.
In addition, especially for the little ones, choose soft, hypoallergenic, flexible and at the same time light materials. And they must always be certified. Better to spend a little more than buying a poor quality product.
Glasses for children: attention to safety
Fortunately, today several centers and even the ASL themselves, already promote free visits in nursery schools. Attention has actually grown a little everywhere and it's all more natural. At some point, the child will even forget that he was "forced" to bring something he did not like. Everything will be so natural that you will have to be alert to future potential accidental falls! Better to use safe models, with laces, perhaps in silicone, to be applied to the rods.
The lenses are also very important. For children, they are practically never offered in glass like those of adults because a trivial tumble could have much more serious consequences. They are therefore generally made of plastic.
Always remember to have a spare pair of glasses. Even though modern materials are getting stronger, it's best to be prepared in case of an accident.
Glasses for children: the tricks to make them accept
At a later stage of the purchase, the child must be made aware of the real advantages of wearing them, without pressure or impositions but without ever giving in. If he needs lenses, he will have to wear them but the general importance for her well-being must be explained to him. Finally, if some crafty child will make fun of your child, do not increase the aversion towards glasses by pressing him to wear them. Instead, try to show him positive examples, pointing out who in the family and in everyday life brings them (uncles, cousins, mum, dad).
And if he is a creative type, better involve him with ad hoc games where glasses become magical, or use similarities with the super heroes of the moment (those with lenses, of course!). In this way the child will not only have greater self-confidence, but will understand that the presence of glasses in everyday life will not affect his relationship with other children or with mom and dad at all.
Children's glasses: management
Finally, pay attention to management. The child must immediately learn to manage his glasses independently. Here are the main rules:
- remove them with two hands;
- never place them in such a way as to scratch them (the lenses must never be in contact with the surface on which they are placed);
- keep them sheltered in the case;
- if possible, do not use them while playing sports;
- clean them properly several times a day.
Glasses are a "special" object, certainly a bit magical, and should be treated as such. Even from our children.