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Getting my daughter used to wearing glasses ...

(9 Posts)
Pumpkinmatisse Wed 01-Jul-09 10:34:43

My daughter is 14 months old and needs to wear glasses as she is above average long-sighted and is developing a lazy eye. Any tips on how to get her to wear them and keep them on gratefully received! Thank you

candyfluff Wed 01-Jul-09 17:47:23

ah bless her -my dd started to wear her glasses when she was 2 and she also had patching on her good eye to encourage the bad one to start working -have they given her the ones that you hook behind her ears? im sure you can get some ones that are like a head band so go all the way round her head.
my dd's problem was she kept looking over the top of them so not using them properly. i havent got any magic idea's im affraid ,she is 8 now and still dislikes them even now she realises she cant see well without them.

HeliumBee Wed 01-Jul-09 23:05:28

My son wore glasses from age 2. When he first started he probably didnt wear them for more than an hour per day. His childminder was really great at getting him to wear them - so might be a good idea to get someone outside the immediate family to help and instruct him (e.g an assertive grandparent or even a neighbour?!).
We had the glasses which hooked behind the ear and that works really well for him as they stay on nicely even when he's bouncing up and down.
My son also repsonded well to praise and I 'showed-off' to everyone we met about how lovely they loook on him/how smart etc - the ladies on the checkout at the supermarket joined in which helped!!
Good luck.

pickyvic Wed 01-Jul-09 23:30:21

go to a really good indie opticians. at her age she could get the specs with the curly sides, keeps them on better. and its just persevereance after that. bless her. i wouldnt get a sport band (they hold them in place by using a band round the head) i think thats abit cruel.
ive worked in optics for last 10 years. they do get used to it eventually. bribery is good!

chipmonkey Thu 02-Jul-09 00:41:31

Another thing to remember is that long sighted children might find their distance vision a bit blurred initially with the glasses ( before they are used to them) but their near vision should be fine, so it can help to put them on while looking at books or playing with toys up close just to start with. Agree on curly sides and independent opticians but am a bit biased on that one!wink

Pumpkinmatisse Thu 02-Jul-09 10:29:11

Thank you, really helpful. Not sure we have the curly sides on the ones we ordered but we can suck-it-and-see as I am sure she will break the frames at some point. We went to an independent optician which I am now glad about as I was reading about people getting completely free glasses and we paid £48 for two frames and to have the lenses thinned ....

pickyvic Thu 02-Jul-09 22:17:19

if the frames get broken you can get replacements free on the NHS - though youd have to pay more for thinned down lenses.

whats her prescription? i could advise you on thinness....ive been a dispensing optical assistant for over 10 years in both indie opticians and specsavers(dont get me started on specsavers! mine was awful!)...was planning on being a dispensing optician but thats all gone a bit pear shaped. but i was trained by an excellent dispensing optician, if you want any advice.

Pumpkinmatisse Fri 03-Jul-09 20:16:09

I don't have her prescription but I will get it when we collect the glasses and then be in touch. Thank you.

pickyvic Fri 03-Jul-09 20:59:22

no worries - if you want any advice then give me a shout.

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