Kids may not always take the best care of their eyes, so as a parent, you may have to encourage good eye health habits and proper care for corrective lenses. Simple daily habits can help your child see clearly and keep eyeglasses from breaking, and good eye care is an achievable goal for children of any age. Below are some tips to help your child build positive vision care habits.
- Let your child pick out his or her glasses: When children have a say in the eyeglasses they get, they are more likely to wear and take good care of them. The variety of children’s frames available today is so great that your child might actually be excited about getting new glasses. After he or she picks out a likable pair, be sure to review cleaning and care instructions.
- Keep a backup pair of glasses: Even careful children can have mishaps with their glasses, so you should have an extra pair handy. This will make it easier to schedule a visit to the optometrist at your convenience to purchase a new primary pair.
- Consider contact lenses as an option: Children who take good care of their glasses may enjoy trying out contact lenses. These lenses are ideal for children who participate in activities where glasses may get in the way. If your child does wear contacts, be sure that he or she is aware of how to keep them clean and sanitary.
- Know the signs of poor vision: The chances of your child approaching you and saying, “I have trouble seeing clearly” may be slim, so you should be aware of the common signs of vision problems. Trouble in school, squinting, headaches, and sitting close to the television can all be signs that a child is not seeing clearly. An eye exam should be scheduled if these behaviors are noticed.
Provide your child with a great selection of stylish frames and superior optometric care by visiting Wize Eyes in Long Island. Contact us on our website or call (516) 358-0040 to schedule a vision test for your child at one of our six locations.