Cluttered, fragile … not easy to wear glasses to our children without this being a daily challenge. BabyCheats.com gives you some keys to help make your child’s glasses an indispensable item!
According to a survey of the Barometer of the National Association for the Improvement of Sight (AsnaV) in 2015, only 37% of French people find it useful to make the first visit of children to the ophthalmologist before the age of 4 years. However, it is important to consult an ophthalmologist in the first months of the birth of your child. Indeed, at 4 and a half months your toddler can already follow fast movements thanks to his visual acuity of 2 / 10th. At 9 months, the baby can perceive details like bright colors while at 18 months, the visual acuity is between 4 and 6 / 10th.
There are simple signs to tell if a baby has an eye problem or not. If during the first months your child does not follow the lights or avoid them, if he does not smile when he sees a familiar face or if he does not reach out to seize objects within his reach at the end of the 5th month then you must go to an ophthalmologist.
Appointments should be arranged with a health specialist in the first few months, a few days after birth, at 9 months and at 2 years. For these appointments, you can go to a pediatrician, your GP, doctors maternal and child health centers, an ophthalmologist or orthoptists, it’s up to you.
These exams, recommended by the Maternal and Infant Protection, can prevent your child from serious visual disturbances in his future life. The other recommended appointments are between 2 and 6 years old than at 6 years old. Of course, nothing prevents you from consulting a specialist with your child regularly.
When this step is taken, the most difficult is yet to come. For some children, wearing glasses is just a trivial banality. Just placed on the nose that the object is an integral part of your toddler and visual comfort prevails. Phew! But for other kids, the game part is more delicate. Indeed, wearing glasses is often the “discovery of a new material for them” even if they are well prepared by the ophthalmologist according to Dr. Stephanie Zwillinger. However, techniques exist to help your child wear his glasses.
Do as adults!
Children like to imitate grown-ups, even those who wear glasses. If your offspring consider wearing glasses is a game then be! It will be easier for your child to understand that wearing glasses is not a bad thing if he sees others doing it. Be careful though to explain that even if he wears glasses “for laughter”, he must take the task very seriously because it is his health.
Wear glasses for one’s sake
Having glasses on the tip of her little nose, it’s not really funny. Your child will surely ask you why you are inflicting such punishment on him (which is not one since it is for his good). Explain to him calmly that if he wears glasses, it is for his own good.
You can do a simple vision test with your little wolf: tell him to fix a point or an object without, then with his glasses. He will immediately notice the difference! For a baby, the difference will be self-evident. Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger remembers a particularly touching scene of “a child who begins to look into his mother’s eyes for the first time with his glasses and responds to his smiles. “.
Trendy glasses and the image of your child
When the time comes to choose eyewear at the optician’s, it’s usually the obstacle course. Unless your child has a real crush, it is often you and the optician who will have the last word. Before 1 year, your child will agree to wear the glasses you have chosen. It must be said that at that age the child is not very difficult. So do not hesitate to choose funny glasses that match his personality.
Once this age is over, it will be more difficult to impose your choice. Ophthalmologist Stéphanie Zwillinger advises to “see a specialized optician who offers a suitable mount” to the child. This one will be able to take into account all the necessary data of his little face (morphology, the color of the eyes, …) to select the (or the) pair of glasses which is the best.
He’s not the only one wearing glasses
Your child may be afraid to wear his glasses outdoors or at school. The eyes of others and mockery can be difficult to bear. If he is taunted, listen to him and make him trust him because the most important thing is that he feels good. If your cherub is afraid to wear his glasses out of the house, reassure him. Tell him that many other children like him wear glasses. In addition, who has not already found a child with glasses “too cute”? For your child, it’s the same, he will be just as beautiful with his glasses!
Do not make a whole cheese (or rather a lens!)
Yes, wearing glasses is not practical. Yes, wearing glasses every day is not funny. Yes, wearing glasses means you have poor eyesight. So what? It is necessary to relativize! Wearing glasses is not inevitable and your little one will eventually get used to it.
We must arm ourselves with patience!
Patience is the keyword. It may take weeks or even months before your little one agrees to wear glasses. But if you show enough patience and gentleness, you will see that your efforts will be rewarded. Wearing glasses will only be a formality for your child who will put them on his own.
How to choose the glasses of his child?
If it is difficult for children to think about wearing glasses, for parents too, the task is tricky. And it is even more when choosing frames. Indeed, even if the optician is there to guide the parents, the anxiety goes up all the same a notch given a large number of frames available. Round glasses, square, flexible, rigid, which pair of glasses to choose for the child while respecting the physiology of his face?
For a baby, preferably a flexible, plastic frame without metal hinges for maximum comfort. Since babies tend to look up, opt for glasses with lenses that extend beyond the child’s eyebrows. Some frames also exist with an inner pad that allows adapting the frame on the nose of the toddler. For babies with a slightly stronger head, choose round glasses with a silicone pad inside the frame. Be careful, however, because this type of frame cannot be adjusted and must be maintained with a cord.
For children, it is better to take plastic frames until the age of 8 years. Indeed a metal mount could deform and descend on the tip of the nose of the toddler. The risk then is that the child does not look through his glasses but at the top of his glasses, which would have no interest in the correction of his sight. It is also better to choose glasses whose branches are more curved so as not to create inflammation in the back of the ears or compress the temples of the child. Finally, choose glasses that fit the shape of the nose, which will have the effect of not hurting your little one.
Lenses, another compromise?
Lens wear in young children (before 7 or 8 years old) is often due to a medical decision. Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger indicates that lenses are recommended “for specific pathologies and not to replace glasses routinely as in adults”. These pathologies can be a strong or progressive myopia, strabismus, congenital cataracts, a strong hyperopia or a nystagmus, a continuous and involuntary beat of the two eyes. The lenses are therefore prescribed to babies and young children only if the problem of sight is very important. From 8 years, in addition to the problems of views eventually encountered, the lenses are generally aesthetic.
For questions of comfort and safety, children should wear hard lenses permeable to gas, “never flexible” according to the specialist. These lenses are easier to clean and easier for children to wear. In addition, they offer better visual quality.