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Onlyonce Mon 09-Jan-17 15:49:31

DD age 3 has a week eye so needs glasses. She has chosen frames she likes and they will be ready shortly but not sure how she is going to adapt to wearing them. Does anyone have any advice? I want to help her as much as I can.

JsOtherHalf Mon 09-Jan-17 16:08:27

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/childrens_health/1224741-Eyes-Prescription-Glasses-for-a-1-yr-old

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/_chat/2801634-Crossed-eyes

There are some books linked on the second thread.

I sewed glasses onto a cuddly, and it went with us to every eye appointment.

BarryTheKestrel Mon 09-Jan-17 16:12:00

Make it as normal as possible. Teddy with glasses, books with children wearing glasses, TV programmes etc.

If she struggles with it, build it up in small goes. 10 minutes at first, then 20 minutes, so on and so forth. After a few days you should be up to extended wear. Glasses can be uncomfortable for people who aren't used to them at all (adults are usually used to sunglasses etc so if they need normal glasses they are used to the sensation) so making it as normal as possible is best.

We did all of this when DN needs glasses and hated them. It took about a week to get her fully used to them and happy to wear them all day.

bookwormnerd Mon 09-Jan-17 16:15:07

My daughter was 2 when started wearing for same reason. She took to wearing quickly as she could see better but to help we to start with put on when distracted watching TV or drawing, told her how beautiful they were and went to build a bear and she made a toy which we got glasses for, which they sell in shop) my daughter wears all the time and it wasn't as much as a struggle as I thought it would be

Hs2Issue Mon 09-Jan-17 16:21:42

DD had to wear glasses at 5 and hated them at first. It did help she chose them Frozen glasses and when she went to school all her friends loved them (& were disappointed they couldn't have a pair).

She got used to them very quickly after initially saying she no longer looked like herself.

Onlyonce Mon 09-Jan-17 16:27:08

I was thinking of making some glasses for her favourite toy, if I can find a way. Will look at the books. Spotted a Peppa pig one but the review said it was misleading and Peppa had 'good news' she didn't need glasses.

The optician said she may need patches depending on how she responds. I feel bad I didn't take her sooner. She has just turned three and I had read the guidance was to take for first test at 3. I feel like I should have known something wasn't right.

bookwormnerd Mon 09-Jan-17 16:51:27

My daughter has patches. At 2 you couldent tell her eye was blurry as she knew no different just as your daughter wont of, we took her as she developed a squint so dont blame yourself. Lots of kids arnt caught till later. Lottie do a doll with glasses, there is a book we had about a giraffe who had glasses will try and find for name for you. Melody on cbeebies wears glasses and batgirl on superhero girl. Please please dont blame yourself, most people i know whose children have same caught at around 3 and usually only earlier if eye turned. Its not like they can say it looks blurry. Most children dont get tested until school

harderandharder2breathe Mon 09-Jan-17 16:53:37

TBH I would say where them all the time straight away, it makes the getting used to it time more concentrated so shorter.

Glasses for her favourite teddy sound lovely

I was 9 when I got glasses, I was just glad to be able to see properly tbh

TheWrathFromHighAtopTheThing Mon 09-Jan-17 16:53:57

I would just go for not making a big deal of it; loads of people wear them, it's a fact of life, here you are, stick them on. Jolly jolly.

bookwormnerd Mon 09-Jan-17 16:55:43

www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1781710813/ref=mp_s_a_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1483980778&sr=1-20&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=book+giraffe+glasses&dpPl=1&dpID=61KBlgtVZIL&ref=plSrch this is the book. Its all about giraffe not being able to see and does lots of things to stop hurting herself due to not seeing properly until another animal gives her glasses and she sees how wonderful they are

minisoksmakehardwork Mon 09-Jan-17 17:08:43

We had the short sighted giraffe. It's a lovely story. But my advice is just to be patient and persistent. Dts have worn glasses since they were 8 months (now nearer 5 years). Dd1 got her first pair just shy of 2 years. We found that depending on how well the child cooperated at the initial testing depended on whether the glasses had been prescribed better. E.g. Dtd was a pita and refused to cooperate therefore her script was more of an educated guess, which actually ended up being too strong. Dts and dd1 allowed the hospital to do what they needed to and their prescriptions were both what the needed, or at least made their vision a lot clearer. Dtd refused to wear her glasses properly for quite a while. We've had her wearing them successfully for maybe a year now.

Oh, and get a second pair if you can get bogof. There will be an inevitable moment where glasses get lost or broken and it was a lot easier to be consistent and whip the second pair straight on rather than have to wait maybe 2 weeks for replacements.

bookwormnerd Mon 09-Jan-17 17:15:46

I would agree with second pair. Its a pain in bum when they break. If you didnt get there this time speksavers do a free pair with each nhs pair.

Onlyonce Mon 09-Jan-17 17:50:04

We ordered a second pair for her. One pair has a picture on and the other are the really bendy rubber type. Thank you for the book title, I will get a copy of that. How long are the patches needed in general if she does have to get them? I've told nursery today and they told DD they were excited to see her glasses when she gets them.

JsOtherHalf Mon 09-Jan-17 17:54:15

DS had patches from around his second birthday, until almost 8.

Did you look at the threads I linked to earlier for the names of some books?

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