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Eyeglasses for Infants and Children

A successful visit to the eye doctor is only half the battle of improving your child’s sight. You may also have to convince your child to wear his or her prescription glasses. Here are some suggestions for helping your child with this adjustment.

  • Make sure your child's eyeglass frames fit. Your child’s 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.
  • Make sure the prescription is correct. If your child is looking over the glasses 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 the prescription.
  • Start gradually. Start your child wearing glasses in short periods of time, gradually increasing the length.
  • Make them routine. Putting glasses on and taking them off should be part of your child's daily routine. Encourage him or her to put the glasses on in the morning when dressing and take them off at night before going to bed.
  • Offer positive reinforcement. Be sure to use positive reinforcement when the child does wear the glasses.

What should I do if my child refuses to wear glasses?

If your child refuses to wear his or her glasses, make sure the prescription is correct. If the prescription is correct, try using positive reinforcement and explain why it is important to wear glasses.

What should I do when my child is playing sports?

Thousands of injuries happen to childrens eyes each year while they are playing sports. Almost all of these injuries could be prevented if protective eye gear were 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:

  • Baseball/softball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Karate
  • Racquetball

You 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 your child include allowing him or her to choose the eyewear style or to wear protective eye gear yourself when playing sports.

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This information is provided by the Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition. This document was last reviewed on: 11/14/2008...#8582.