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Help your child accept his glasses

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Help your child accept his glasses

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Choosing glasses for your child

All tastes are in nature. Firecracker blue or canary yellow, he may make a choice that you would not have made! The important thing is that he likes his glasses and that he wants to wear them. Besides, the spectacle manufacturers don’t help you much with sobriety since the frames proposed for the little ones are often very colored and rather very showy. Plastic or metal, they must first of all be adapted to the child’s morphology and designed not to hurt him in case of shock. Let your optician guide you to the most suitable frames. As far as lenses are concerned, mineral lenses are far too fragile for children, and there are generally two types of unbreakable lenses to choose from hardened organic lenses and polycarbonate lenses. The latter is virtually indestructible but scratches easily and is more expensive. Finally, there are anti-reflective or anti-scratch treatments that your optician will explain to you.

Getting your child to accept glasses

Wearing glasses is sometimes a difficult step for children. If some are delighted to “do like the grown-ups”, others feel embarrassed or even ashamed. To help them, you should promote the glasses wearers you know: granny, you, their little friend. Also, put photos of them with their glasses in the living room, and above all, don’t tell them to take off their glasses as soon as you take a photo, as they will quickly realize that you don’t think it’s aesthetic. Finally, associate glasses with the values of seriousness, intelligence, and cunning of superheroes: Vera from Scooby-doo is the smartest, Harry Potter the bravest, Superman takes off his glasses before transforming, Barbotine from Barbapapas is the one who knows the most things.

Show your child how to take care of his glasses

Glasses get bent, scratched, and fall off. Children who wear them must learn to take care of them, not to sit on them, not to put them down in any way and anywhere. You can teach them very quickly never to put them on the glasses, but on the contrary, the idea is to put them back in their case on the folded branches. You must also know how to clean them correctly without scratching them. The best method is to pass them underwater with a little soap then to wipe them with a paper handkerchief or the chamois, which is surely in the case. Forget all other fabrics, even T-shirts, which may scratch the glasses. Finally, it is preferable not to wear them in the classroom or at the gym for school. The teachers know well the ritual of glasses. They ask for a box to put them away before going out for recreation or going to nap time, and if possible, to leave a pair at school. The children quickly learn to put their glasses away themselves and to take them back when work resumes.

What should I do if my child has broken or lost his glasses?

Lost glasses, scratched lenses, bent or broken temples are all inconveniences that you will certainly experience at least once. Don’t let your child wear glasses that are in bad condition: they could hurt him or be bad for his eyesight if they are scratched. Opticians often offer one-year guarantees on frames and/or lenses, which will then be automatically reimbursed in case of breakage. If it is an accident, you can get reimbursed by using the civil liability guarantee of the person involved. Finally, most opticians offer a second pair for 1 euro. Less aesthetic most of the time, it is all the same very useful to hold the year or to put the more “dangerous” days: sport, the exit of class.


Many children find it difficult to adjust to wearing glasses, but you can help them grow to appreciate their lenses. These simple techniques for getting youngsters to wear glasses might make the process go more smoothly.

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