The Cleveland Clinic

Eyeglasses for Infants and Children

Having a successful visit to the eye doctor is only half the battle of improving your child's sight. Convincing your child to wear their prescription glasses is the other and quite possibly most difficult. Here are some suggestions from doctors at The Cleveland Clinic to help you find the right eyeglasses for children, and to help your child adjust to wearing them every day.

  1. Make sure your child's eyeglass frames fit. Your child's eyeglass frames should fit properly, without pinching the ears or nose, or weighing down the face. Check points of contact periodically to make sure that there is no skin irritation.
  2. Make sure the prescription of the eyeglasses is correct. If your child is looking over the eyeglasses or complains that he or she cannot see with them, the prescription may be incorrect. An optician or eye doctor will be able to determine the optical accuracy of your child's eyeglass prescription.
  3. Start gradually. Start your child wearing eyeglasses in only small amounts of time, gradually increasing the length of time.
  4. Make them routine. Putting eyeglasses on and taking them off should be part of their daily routine. Encourage them to put them on in the morning when they dress and taken them off at night before they go to bed.
  5. Offer positive reinforcement. Be sure to use positive reinforcement when the child does wear the eyeglasses.