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4 Tips To Help Your Teen Get Used to Their New Eyeglasses

Are you struggling to get your teenager to wear his/her eyeglasses? Here are some simple tips from our Calgary optometrist on how to encourage your child to wear their spectacles.

Your teenager needs many abilities to succeed in school and one of the key requirements is clear vision. In fact, studies have shown that as much as 80% of learning that a child does is through their eyes.

Scheduling annual eye exams with your local Calgary optometrist for your teenager is therefore important to ensure your child:

  • Has clear and comfortable vision
  • Participates well in activities and sports
  • Performs crucial tasks such as homework to the best of their ability
  • Doesn’t suffer from eye strain or frequent headaches

Our Qualified Calgary Optometrists Can Help Protect Your Child’s Vision

At our Calgary eye clinic, our optometrists offer comprehensive vision services for your entire family, including children’s eye exams, contact lens fittings, and emergency eye care to ensure the long-term health of your eyes and clarity of your vision.

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Can’t Get Your Teenager To Wear Eyeglasses? Try These Simple Tips

During your child’s latest eye exam, were you told that your teenager needs glasses? Getting used to wearing something new isn’t easy and eyeglasses pose unique challenges. However, by enlisting the help of your optometrist, there are some ways in which you can help your teenager feel more comfortable with this transition:

1. Get Your Teen Involved In the Process

As any optometrist will tell you, if your teenager loves his/her eyeglasses, they’ll be more likely to wear them. Letting your child have a say in which frames are chosen (style, color, material), will make them feel more empowered and excited to wear their spectacles.


2. Make Sure the Fit is Right

One of the most common reasons why your teenager refuses to wear their eyeglasses is that they fit uncomfortably. After you’ve chosen the eyeglasses and before you leave the eye clinic, make sure the optometrist checks:

  • That the eyeglasses aren’t too tight behind the ear
  • Whether the eyeglasses are too loose or keep slipping down your child’s nose
  • That the glasses aren’t grazing your child’s cheeks or eyelashes

Remember: Even if your child loves the spectacles you’ve chosen, they won’t wear the eyeglasses if they don’t fit correctly.


3. Positive Reinforcement is Key

Did your teenager behave well during their latest eye exam? Did they wear their eyeglasses without being told or are trying to look after their spectacles properly? When your child does a good job, it’s important to reward them with something small, be it dinner at their favorite restaurant, a new video game, or an exciting experience.

4. Start Slow

It will take your teenager some time to adjust to their new eyeglasses and prescription, so if they are being reluctant about wearing spectacles, you must remain patient and supportive. You may want to try:

  • Explaining why eyeglasses are important for their health and safety
  • Introducing the new eyeglasses for shorter periods of time
  • Reminding them that other people also wear spectacles, including mom or dad, and even other family or friends

Remember, building positive experiences with your teenager’s new eyeglasses will make them more eager to wear them.


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To find out more about how our Calgary optometrists can help your child find the perfect pair of eyeglasses, or contact lenses, Visit our Calgary eye clinic at 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW (Next to Milestones) Calgary, Alberta, T3A 0E2.

Alternatively, you can contact us at 403-286-4884 or fill in our online contact form.

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