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Your Glasses Won`t Help You If You Don`t Wear Them
by Cyral Miller, TSBVI Outreach Director
Do you have trouble getting your children to keep their glasses on? You are
not alone! Here are a few ideas that might help, and you can check with your
ch`s vision teacher for more. What y`ve always heard is true; your glasses
(or your ch`s glasses) won`t help if you don`t wear them.
- Start your child off by having him/her wear the glasses for short periods
of time during highly motivating activities. Hopefully the activity is so much
fun, the child will forget about them or decide it will be worth the bother
of wearing glasses. For example, use the glasses as part of reward times such
as when your child is watching a favorite video or playing with clay.
- Make sure you know when the glasses should be worn. If the prescription
is only helpful for distance viewing and you are asking your child to wear
them for near vision tasks, it may be teaching the child that glasses make
things more difficult to see, not easier! Check with your ophthalmologist
or optometrist to be sure.
- Check the fit of the glasses. Sometimes children grow so fast that
the glasses can become tight and uncomfortable. On the other hand, glasses
that are fitted poorly can slip and slide down rendering them virtually useless
to the child. Some children may need to have special elastic bands that keep
the glasses on more securely or ear pieces that curl around the ears.
- When the child is adjusting to her glasses, pick activities where glasses
will make the biggest difference in her ability to see clearly. It is also
important to spend some time showing your child what she can see or do better
while wearing glasses. Even for adults, seeing how much easier it is to read
a paper or the phone book or understand road signs at night is typically
a big motivation for remembering to put on their glasses.
- Be matter-of-fact, not apologetic, about wearing glasses. Glasses are
a marvelous technology that brings the world into focus, and not a burden
to be endured. Attitudes of adults can influence children more than we know.
Make glasses "cool" for your child to be wearing.
- Speaking of "cool", think about decorating the frames or the case, or if at all
possible, let your child pick out outrageously beautiful frames. Point out
pictures of "cool" people who wear glasses or find a respected peer
who can endorse their value for your child. Make sure you also are "cool" about
glasses; if you need to wear them be sure you do and point that out to your
child. Even wearing sun glasses can set a good example for your child.
- Don`t forget to praise your child for remembering to wear his glasses
when he needs them. In all things, praise works better than criticism.
- If you have other tips to share on keeping glasses on your child or children
you have worked with, please let us hear about them. You can send comments
to Cyral Miller at TSBVI Outreach, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756,
or phone (512) 206-9242 or E-mail to email@example.com
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