Glasses for a 3 year old

Brittany - posted on 08/06/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old son just had his first eye doctors appointment today. He needs to wear glasses for everything except playing. I am wondering for anyone else with young kids with glasses, what kinds of rules do you have in place for them so they don't get broken or lost? They also said he has an astigmatism, I have heard of this but do not know much about it. Please, and Thank You!

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AnnMarie - posted on 08/09/2013

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I'm not sure why he wouldn't need then for play, he still needs to see to play, but I'm not a doctor. My 3 yr old (well now 4) got glasses this year. He has to wear them all the time, he has an astigmatism & amblyopia(lazy eye) . He never had a problem keeping them on really. The rules are, if you take them off you put them down on the table or counter so they don't get broken, he is responsible for knowing where they are. In the beginning I would let him take 5min breaks from wearing them but he stopped even taking those the first week. Every once and awhile he'll take them off for some reason (usually it involves a ninja mask) and I just ask where they are and he puts them back on. We even found a bike helmet that fits great with them (bell brand, fyi). Here is my take on kids wearing their glasses, it's not an option to NOT wear them. Also if you let them pick out a pair they like then they will want to wear them. My son loves to show off his red glasses "with robot parts and flames" on the inside. I also tell him how handsome/cute/awesome he looks in them everyday.

Jenny - posted on 08/07/2013

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well my son is older but i had glasses when i was young,,, as does my son i make him put the glasses in the case they should give you every night and put them on his dresser and when he does that you can give him a little treat until he gets the gang of it also you can make it fun to wear them tell him something like these r ur magic glasses show him that he cant see well without them then put them on say see now you can see like magic its better reward for not touching them tell him how good he looks my son didnt like the way he looked so i talked to family friends told them to talk up glasses

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Robin - posted on 08/20/2013

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I have worn glasses since I was 3 years old (now 26) and as a child the rules were: if you take them off you don't put them down on their lenses (they will scratch) and they go in the same place every night at bedtime (under the bed is a good spot since they can easily get knocked off a bed table and stepped on). Get hinges on the arms of the glasses that bend both ways and don't go crazy spending money on them. They WILL get broken. in fact...start off with atleast 2 pairs and when you go to get new glasses, keep an old pair as 'back-up'.

Kimberly Earls - posted on 08/18/2013

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My son loved his because he could see. He had eye surgery and now he dont have to wear them .my son got them when he was 1 1/2and had surgey in sept.b4 he turned 3 in January. But he could see so he liked them.

Stacy - posted on 08/13/2013

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My daughter has been wearing glasses since she was 3. She is far sighted and without the glasses she can not see very well at all. At first she did not want to wear them, I am sure they felt funny. But after a few hours of having them on she started noticing things she hadn't seen before, like petals on flowers. I had never realized she couldn't see them before. It was an amazing transformation. She hasn't fought me over them at all since then. I only have 2 rules about her glasses, she has to wear them if she is awake and she has to take them off to sleep. I have taught her to put them on her headboard at night so she doesn't lose them. And I always have a back up pair at home and a back up pair at school. She is a kid and glasses do occasionally get broken. I can't stop that so I just stay prepared. I have also always let her pick out her glasses, if she doesn't like them then she wont wear them.

Emily - posted on 08/08/2013

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My daughter has worn them since just before her 2nd birthday. Tbh after the first few days it just wasnt an issue they soon work out that they want to wear them because they can see better. If she has a tantrum they usually get thrown off but i just put them on the table and dont make an issue about them and within 20 mins she has put them bk on without me asking. It took a while for me to get used to them on her and i hated them at 1st but now she looks odd without them lol! She is having eye surgery in a few months and hopefully wont need to wear them afterwards...thats gonna take some getting used to! :)

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