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Whether your child's glasses are for close up or distance vision, it's important that he or she wear them exactly as prescribed by the eye doctor. You may want to tell your child's teachers or other adult guardians that your child needs glasses to see well and should be wearing them at school or away from home.
When glasses are new
During the first few weeks of wearing glasses, ask your child to let you know if they are having any problems. Are they too tight or loose? Can your child see clearly with them on? Has your child had any headaches or eye strain while wearing them? If your child reports any problems, let your eye doctor know as soon as possible.
Your child may not like wearing glasses at first. Remind your child that lots of kids and adults wear glasses to help them see. Point out people in your family, your child's class and characters in books and movies who wear glasses. Children mimic what they see, so you can also set a good example in how you wear and care for your glasses.
Glasses and sports
If your child plays sports, remember that regular glasses don't provide protection from injury. Make sure your child wears the right kind of sports safety eyewear at all times when playing sports.
The following tips may help your child feel more comfortable about wearing his or her glasses:
*Note to parents: eyeglass repair kits are available at most retail stores and come with a small screwdriver that can be used to tighten the hinge. If the hinges are still too loose, take them back to the eye doctor's office to have them adjusted.
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