If your child is having difficulty in school because they need to wear eyeglasses, you probably have a lot of questions and are facing new challenges.

Once your child’s prescription has been determined by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, prepare and plan ahead, so the experience will be a pleasant one. Here are a few tips:

Inspire your child
Help your youngster understand why they need to wear eyeglasses. Explain that they will be able to see words and pictures in books and on screen more clearly. If your child is involved in sports, glasses will help improve their overall performance.

Find a flattering fit
Choosing between plastic or metal frames will depend on your child’s shape of face and characteristics. Pick a pair that fits well, does not slip out of position, or leave red marks on the nose or ears. Keep in mind that the architecture of a pediatric frame is different; children’s frames are designed to fit children. They are not adult frames made smaller.

There is also a difference in durability and construction. For example, pick frames that include spring hinges as they provide added flexibility in order to withstand a child’s activity level.

Pick the perfect frames
Allow your child some freedom when selecting their glasses. Have the eye care professional pre-select several frames based on your child’s prescription needs. Then give your child input in choosing their frames as this will help motivate them to wear their glasses and to take care of them.

Help them take pride in their new accessory
How well your child accepts wearing glasses has much to do with you. Reassure them that their glasses serve a purpose and that wearing them is “cool”. Remind them to take pride in wearing their glasses – This means that they need to be kept clean and, when not in use, they should be stored safely in the case.

Make sure you have a back-up pair
Children can be tough on their eyewear so a back-up pair is always recommended. A back-up pair should be kept in an easily accessible location at home, in your child’s locker or even in the school office. Also, if your child wears glasses full-time, it may be worth considering prescription sunglasses to increase their visual comfort and provide protection from the sun's harmful UV rays.

Choose frames that will fit for the next six to 12 months rather than frames that are a size bigger. Glasses that are too big will slip down the nose and change their visual acuity. Always consult with a licensed optician to ensure that glasses are the right fit and shape for your child and be sure to adjust and inspect the frame professionally every three months.

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