Children in glasses…’Oh I love your glasses’

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People are always fascinated by Little G wearing glasses. We get so many comments when we are out and about. It’s usually the first way they try to connect with her ‘oh I love your glasses‘. I know some parents get upset about this as it’s not the way they want their child to be seen, but I think it’s nice that people are trying to connect.

Little G has been wearing glasses since she was about 22 months old. I noticed one of her eyes turned slightly when she was tired and we got a quick referral to the eye hospital who immediately spotted she was slightly long sighted (apparently all toddlers are long sighted to some extent). So when she was tired one of her eyes slightly wandered (otherwise known as a squint). It was quite upsetting at first, but putting it all into perspective, we quickly got over that and were glad to know the reason why and that we could make an improvement quickly by getting glasses and making her eyes stronger.

Apart from the first few tricky months of trying to keep them on her (very hard, but perseverance did work), it’s been pretty smooth sailing. Friends assured me that unlike in our youth, more children today were in glasses as they need eye tests before starting school. I’ve definitely noticed more and more children wearing glasses. It’s rare that Little G is the only small one in the park wearing them now.

Also as she’s got older, children are less likely to grab at them (toddlers can be curious and the grabbing of her glasses was very upsetting to Little G).

She’s now three and in her second pair (the first was a cute small pink pair, the smallest we could find to fit her, and the current pair is a lovely turquoise blue pair which make her blue eyes pop). We’ve got a great relationship with our opticians Bromptons in Brighton, as we had to pop in regularly with her old pair to adjust them. Her new ones are a much better fit as they come with adjustable soft ear grips for us to move as needed to stop them slipping down her nose.

The thought of a small child in glasses can be daunting at first, but quickly, it’s second nature, waking up and putting them on. Here’s my tips to other parents if it’s something you’re facing:

  • Don’t be afraid of the appointments. My daughter now loves seeing the ‘eye doctor’ as they are so well trained to make children feel comfortable. I’m really impressed with everyone we’ve met on our eye care journey.
  • Let your child choose their own glasses. They are more likely to want to wear them if they choose them themselves.
  • Little G didn’t like the NHS glasses (yes a 22 month can aggressively tell you if they don’t like something!). So we took the plunge on pair which seemed pricey at the time (though we put our NHS voucher towards them). I’m glad we did as it’s the one thing she wears everyday and helps her long term eye health.
  • Don’t be afraid to keep visiting your opticians to get the glasses adjusted. The wear and tear of glasses on little ones means this is quite necessary. We sometimes saw ours every few weeks! Thanks Bromptons!
  • Consider a pair of prescription sunglasses. I think that helped Little G with the transition to wearing glasses everyday.
  • Keep them clean. You’ll be amazed at how filthy a child’s glasses can get, but if they are covered in dirty, sticky smudges they won’t work. Plus you need to get your child aware that they need to be kept clean early on.
  • Have a look at this lovely ‘eye care FAQ’ infographic below…I really like this. It assures me we’re doing the right thing and for any parents in a similar boat it covers the key points very clearly.
  • There’s also a very good FAQ section on the Association of British Dispensing Opticians which goes into more detail, which you can read here.

FAQ Infographic CHILDRENS AW

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