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.
What Do I Do If My Child Refuses to Wear Glasses?
If you child refuses to wear his or her eyeglasses, make sure the prescription is correct. If the prescription is correct, try using positive reinforcement and explain why it is important to wear eyeglasses.
What Should I Do When My Child is Playing Sports?
Thousands of injuries happen to children's eyes each year while they are playing sports. Almost all of these injuries could be prevented if protective eye gear is worn. Protective eye gear comes in both prescription and non-prescription lenses. Children should wear this gear if they participate in any number of sports including:
Your child may at first be reluctant to wear protective gear, especially if the rest of his or her teammates are not wearing any. Some ways to persuade children include allowing your child to pick out a style he or she may like or to wear protective eye gear yourself when playing sports.
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.
Edited by Charlotte E. Grayson, MD, WebMD, November 2004.
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