God has indeed bestowed us with a beautiful pair of eyes. Taking care of this gift is not only important but necessary as well.
These days, with the advent of the digital world, children are often seen glued to different types of screen for an unlimited time span. This not only affects the development of a child but also leads to the weakening of eyes. But this is not the only reason for glasses. Some children are genetically disposed to eye problems. Despite your best efforts, a child may get glasses. There are many reasons why a child may need glasses. A few prominent ones are:
- In case of a lazy eye, to strengthen the same
- Improving the position of eyes in case of misaligned or crossed eyes
- To improve vision
- To provide protection, when there is a poor vision in one eye
There are signs that a child may need glasses. The most common and easily deciphered ones are:
- Covering an eye or tilting the head
- Excessive rubbing of the eyes
- Constant headaches and eye aches
- Sitting too close to the television or holding screens too close to the eyes
- Difficulty in concentrating
If your child has got glasses, don’t blame yourself; think about how you can be happy for both yourself and your child. And yes, this also happens to be the best time for retail therapy and to invest in a perfect pair of glasses for your child!
Here are some tips and tricks to buy that perfect pair of glasses for your little one:
- The first step is to take care of the fit of the glasses. Make sure that the glasses do not fall off from the face or do not look too big for the child’s face. Glasses should snuggle on the nose and ears keeping in mind that they are not too tight and don’t leave behind lines on the nose or the side of the face. Make sure that they are easy for the child to put on and take off.
- Care should be taken that the child’s pupil is in sync with the centre of the lens. The alignment of the pupils depends on the facial features, the position of the temples, along with the size and design of the frame. This, however, is the only way to get assured that the child is getting the maximum use of the glasses.
- The size of the frame should be selected very carefully. It should not exceed the child’s eyebrows and should not be wider than the face. Keep in mind is that the frame should completely cover the child’s eye so that the child does not look under the glasses. Minor adjustments can be made with spring hinges.
- While finalising the glasses pay attention to the material of the glasses. Though glasses come in plastics and metals, plastics are a better bet for children. These are light and many come with an added advantage of an in-built nose bridge which does not break. The material for the lenses can be polycarbonate, as they reduce the damage risk. Also, give a thought to features like anti-glare, scratch-proof and nickel allergies in case of metal frames. These come with an extra price but are definitely worth it.
- If the temples are too long the glasses will fall off the child’s nose forcing the child to look over the glasses. On the contrary, they may also stick out from the back of the head. There are options of child-friendly temples available in the market. These just circle at the end around the ear lobe. Another option is using a string with loops which can be fixed over the temples, to prevent the glasses from falling on the ground.
- If your child is into sports and swimming, then you should consider investing in a good pair of sport-specific glasses. Regular stores don’t sell these and thus you may have to visit a high-end store for the same. In case you don’t find them you can choose to place elastic bands which are fitted at the temples and run around the back of the head. These help the glasses to stay in place while performing activities.
- And yes, last but definitely not the least! Colour and shape of the glasses play a major role. Yes! these do … agreed they are just kids but they might like to flaunt their style quotient and get rid of the blues of wearing glasses. Give them a chance to choose the colour and style for their new glasses as long as the glasses are comfortable.
Now you have bought that perfect pair of glasses for your child. You and your child both are happy … but … your work does not get over here. Teach your child how to take care of his/her glasses. The sooner you teach them the better it is. Here are some tips to keep that perfect pair intact:
- Encourage your child to take off the glasses while bathing and sleeping
- Glasses should be worn and taken off carefully with both hands while holding at the temples
- They should be cleaned with the cloth provided by the optician. This prevents scratches on the lenses
- Educate them that their glasses are not a toy. They should not play with them or give to someone else to wear them
- Regular eye check-ups are a must
Some children like to flaunt their glasses and will readily wear them. However, there are some who don’t like the idea of wearing glasses. You may try to convince them by showing them their favourite cartoon characters like Minions, who wear glasses and carry them with panache!
Does your child wear glasses? Do let me know about your experience while buying them?
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