Eye Glasses &Toddlers( 2 yr old)

Rose - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My husband and I were told about 3 weeks ago our 2 yr old needs to wear glasses.This didn't come as a surprise to us we have been expecting it since his birth. However have you ever tried to keep glasses on a 2yr old boy??? We have tried rewarding him for keeping them on for periods of time til he got wise to us.. He doesn't care to be rewarded. Now we are trying for 30-45 minute intervals through out the day to get him familiar with wearing them, This is going much better than the rewarding. I was curious if any of you have had the same challenge and what you found to be a helpful tool in aiding in this new adventure.

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Chantel - posted on 03/21/2011

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Our 20 month old got glasses a few months ago. I would def make sure he knows you mean bussiness about keeping them on. Our son usually only takes his off when he is frusterated or tired. I usually leave them off for a few minutes and distract him... if that doesn't work I tell him that he will have a time out if he does not let me put them on him. This usually works.

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Heather - posted on 03/14/2011

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I have the same problem with my 2 1/2 year old! He barely got glasses and won't wear his either. He has a lazy eye and they wanted him to wear them even though I was hoping he would just outgrow it like I did when I was his age. Anyway, I hope you are able to resolve this issue as well with your son. Please let me know if you find anything that works with him. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 03/14/2011

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I have the same problem with my 2 1/2 year old! He barely got glasses and won't wear his either. He has a lazy eye and they wanted him to wear them even though I was hoping he would just outgrow it like I did when I was his age. Anyway, I hope you are able to resolve this issue as well with your son. Please let me know if you find anything that works with him. Good luck!

Rose - posted on 08/05/2009

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Thank you Amy..That is one area we re working now actually..Showing him that we mean business when we say "NO" This week we were able to get him to leave them on for 45 minutes on Monday and 2-30 minutes intervals on Tuesday..WOW! That felt like an accomplishment. Who knew there were eye drops??? i'm hoping to see his PCP in the next cuople of weeks(He's out of town right now) Thanks for the suggestions..

Amy - posted on 08/05/2009

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My son was 17 months old when my husband and I were told he needed glasses. When we first got them he would keep them on for approx. 10 minutes and take them off and refuse to put them back on. I took my son to another doctor for a second opinion to make sure he in fact needed the glasses, because I didn't feel as if the first doctor spent enough time with me and my son. The second doctor said it was VERY necessary for my son to wear them FULL TIME and that if he wouldn't keep them on that he could prescribe drops for me to put in his eyes once a week that would make it so he could only see with his glasses on. I wanted to give it a shot without the drops for a few days and use the drops as a last resort. We got home from the eye doctor, I put the glasses on him, he took them off, i went to put them back on him and he got extremely angry with me to the point that i had to hold him down and put the glasses on him. When he tried to pull them back off I just told him NO.....he has had them on ever since. I don't know if it took me showing him that I was in charge or what but that day something just clicked and now at 22.5 months he asks for his glasses when he wakes up and when he gets out of the bath...... I would ask the doctor for any suggestions that they may have because they hear all sorts of stories on how people get their child to wear the glasses and what works. I was told that once the child realizes that they can see better with the glasses that they WILL wear them. I think my child has realized that.

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