I’ve gotten a couple of questions recently about tips on getting kids to wear glasses when they first get them. Yesterday, Rachel wrote:
My daugther, who is 19-months old, was diagnosed with Farsightedness in her left eye (+4.00) with her right eye being in the normal range. I have been struggling with so many of the issues on this site, and it is comforting to know that I am not alone. We have finally gotten a pair of glasses, but now I can’t get her to wear them for even 10 seconds, let alone 10 minutes. I have a very spirited child, and by reading your posts, it has helped me realize that I shouldn’t give up and need to keep trying. We’ve been at it for about a week and I have renewed optimism after reading your experiences. Thank you for putting them out for folks like me to read. If anyone has any suggestions for things I can try, I’d welcome them! (She actually closes her eyes when I put the glasses on now…stubborn, stubborn)
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[this is Ann again] I suppose it’s a sign of aging or something, but I’m beginning to forget (or block out) those first couple of weeks when Zoe first got her glasses and I feared that we’d never get her to wear them long enough to help her vision. Once she learned that she could see well with the glasses, she was really pretty good (and now she’s great with them), but getting to that point is the big hurdle. We’ve got some tips on the Collected Wisdom page, what else has worked for you?