How To Persuade Your Child To Wear Their Glasses

Nearly one in ten children between the ages of five and seventeen need to wear glasses to correct their sight.

“I Don’t Want To Look Nerdy”

Sadly however, wearing spectacles can affect a child’s self-esteem. They may feel that they look nerdy and uncool, they may even start to be bullied. Rather than a positive experience that helps them to concentrate and work well, they may feel that having to use glasses is a bad experience.  They may not like the way that glasses make them look different and may feel they look ugly and unattractive.

There are ways to counter these negative feelings that will help your child to come to terms with their new spectacles and even enjoy wearing them.

Firstly, when your child chooses their frames, if they are old enough, it’s a good idea to ask them to invite a good friend along to help them choose. This will give them more confidence if they know that somebody in their peer group approves of their choice.

Harry Potter Wears Glasses!

Discuss the way that glasses wearers are portrayed as nerdy and uncool. Then counter these by pointing out celebrity glasses wearers who are attractive and on trend – Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, TinieTempah. And of course, Harry Potter was a famous glasses wearer who didn’t let his spectacles get in the way of anything.

Children need to be shown how to look after their glasses, the importance of keeping them in a holding case and cleaning the lenses. A responsible attitude towards their care goes a long way towards making them accept the reality of wearing spectacles.

For sports, you should investigate prescription goggles for your child so that they are not held back by the worry of their glasses falling off or breaking. Many famous footballers wear goggles and these should be pointed out as role models who don’t let impaired vision prevent them achieving them ambitions.

And If All Else Fails …

If despite trying all the above, your child just cannot get on with wearing glasses, he or she may like to investigate the option of contact lenses (provided they are old enough to cope with their care and maintenance). Studies at Ohio State University felt that most children aged between eight and eleven felt more confident wearing contact lenses than glasses. Their self-esteem and confidence was boosted. This is countered by the greater effort it takes to wear contacts but it is certainly an option worth considering and investigating if you could continue to have problems.

Charlotte blogs about vision and health for