School is in session again and as a mom, I know just how hectic things can get. When juggling your own life, that morning routine, activities, homework, meals and everything else, your kid’s eye exam and other vision considerations can quickly fall to the bottom of your to-do list and glasses can feel like one more thing to keep track of. However, a child’s eyesight has a strong correlation with their school performance and overall well-being, so it’s worth it to make it a priority. To help, I’m sharing some of my best tips for a good school year when your child wears glasses.
Glasses won’t do much to correct a child’s vision if they don’t wear them. While, of course, setting ground rules and positive reinforcement are big factors, letting kids have a say in choosing a pair and offering up cool, fun options are also keys to compliance and among my favorite back-to-school tips. Years ago, children’s glasses weren’t always the most attractive and were just an afterthought. Now, brands put time and effort into the design and kids’ glasses are just as stylish and well-crafted as grown-up ones. At the Spectacle Shoppe, we carry high-quality, bright, awesome kids’ glasses in Kerrisdale (and online). Many of our young customers are excited about wearing their glasses and this can make things a whole lot easier on parents. So, add kid-approved spectacles to your list of back-to-school supplies.
When it comes to tips for a good school year, getting a back-up pair of glasses is high up there. If your child’s glasses break or get lost, which as every parent knows, happens, there’s nothing worse than a frantic rush to find a replacement pair. You often end up spending more by grabbing the first glasses you can find out of desperation. Reverting to an old pair that’s not the right prescription can lead to headaches and squinting. Your little one’s spare glasses can be a cheaper version of their everyday pair but having them on-hand will potentially save you tons of stress and time.
Visiting your kid’s eye doctor is something you should do every year and not just due to a child complaining about blurred vision and headache. Beyond updating their glasses prescription, eye exams are important to ensure a child’s eyes are healthy and developing properly. When left uncorrected, vision and eye conditions can make learning, socializing and participating in activities a challenge. Scheduling a kid’s eye exam earlier in the school year can be a good way to start things off right and make sure they’ll be able to follow along in class and enjoy the fun stuff too.
Another of the tips for a good school year that I’ve found beneficial is talking with your child’s teacher and letting them know that your child needs to wear their glasses to see. Your kid might have to sit up closer to the front or get a gentle reminder from their teacher to put their glasses on when it’s time to look at something on the blackboard. You can also ask the teacher to let you know if your child is refusing to wear their glasses or needs frequent prodding. This way, you’re in the loop and if you find out they’re hesitant about their eyewear, you can work on a solution with them.
In kids ages 11 to 14, eye injuries most commonly occur while playing sports. Unfortunately, eye injury is actually the leading cause of blindness in children. The good news is, prevention is as easy as wearing protective eyewear. Kids’ sports glasses are actually pretty stylish these days and they can go a long way in protecting your kiddo’s vision. If your child plays a sport or does an activity where they could get hit in the eye by a ball, an opponent’s finger or debris, kids’ sports glasses are a must. This includes basketball, football, field hockey, skiing, baseball, softball, lacrosse, wrestling and most other contact and outdoor sports. If your child wears prescription glasses, sports glasses are available in prescription too. Beyond keeping your child’s eyes safe, they’ll also stay put. Wearing regular glasses during sports is a surefire way for them to get broken.
There’s a lot of talk about adults and digital eye-strain but kids get a lot of screen time too. Spending all day alternating between staring at small print and computer, tablet and phone screens can lead to tired, irritated eyes, headaches and blurry vision. Tell kids to follow the 20-20-20 rule, which states every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Getting your child a pair of sunglasses might not sound like something that should go on a list of tips for a good school year considering summer is over. However, it’s so important that children wear sunglasses all year long when they’re outside or in the car. When we’re born, the lens of our eye is clear and as we age, it hardens and is able to block out more of the sun’s UV radiation. By the age of 20, the risks of UV rays to the eyes are reduced but until then, kids are especially vulnerable. Since the effects of UV damage are cumulative and can result in issues, including the early onset of cataracts, sunglasses are crucial. We have tons of great sunnies for kids that are affordable and work really well at the Spectacle Shoppe, including new ones from Mini Shades that are polarized, can hold a prescription and include a replacement warranty. Pay us a visit to get a pair for your child!
Last, but not least, in my back-to-school tips for parents of kids with glasses is to put a label on your child’s glasses case. Include your little one’s name and your phone number and adhere it to the inside. Kids are prone to misplacing things and if they only wear their glasses for certain tasks and take them on and off a lot, the chances of losing them increase.Hopefully these tips for a good school year when your child wears glasses will help your kiddo see clearly so they can excel in the classroom and in all the thing they love to do. If you need help finding your little person the perfect eyewear, stop by the Spectacle Shoppe in Kerrisdale. We’ll help you choose a pair from our selection of kids’ glasses and sunglasses that will give your child the ideal blend of style and function. Happy September!