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Kids and Glasses

POSTED ON November 9, 2010

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Most people don’t like change. It’s particularly not easy for kids. It takes time; especially for something as foreign as a new pair of glasses. I began wearing glasses in fifth grade. Some children are self-conscious about their appearance. For me it was more about the discomfort and inconvenience. But I knew I needed them to help me perform better in school. According to Prevent Blindness America, vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-age children. These problems can affect learning ...

Most people don’t like change. It’s particularly not easy for kids. It takes time; especially for something as foreign as a new pair of glasses.

I began wearing glasses in fifth grade. Some children are self-conscious about their appearance. For me it was more about the discomfort and inconvenience. But I knew I needed them to help me perform better in school.

According to Prevent Blindness America, vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-age children. These problems can affect learning ability, personality and adjustment in school.

To help your child adjust to wearing glasses, I’d recommend a fun teaching tool like the book “Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses?” by Rhonda Fischer. If this book was available when I started wearing glasses, I think I would have developed a better appreciation for my glasses and not seen them as such a hassle.

The books premise is that Randy hates his glasses and would do anything to get rid of them.  He throws them in the garbage, puts them in sand, and even lets the car back over them. Every time he breaks his glasses, his mom offers him a new pair. Eventually he comes to love his glasses and wants to try all different styles and colors.

Many parents have difficulty helping their kids through the transition to glasses. “I think this struggle is something we, as parents to small children in glasses, can relate to very well,” said Annie, a contributor to Little Four Eyes, a blog site for family and friends of children with glasses. “By the end of the story, Randy’s father showed Randy his own new glasses which helped him convince Randy Kazandy that glasses are great!”

For more resources to help your child adjust to glasses, visit Little Four Eyes and check out their recommended books for kids and resources for parents.  Also, talk with any Dr. Tavel Indiana eye doctor about ways to adjust to glasses.  Dr. Tavel offers children’s eye exams and kid-friendly frames at each of our locations.  Make sure your little one can see all that they need too!

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