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Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge.

Dr. Tewodros Gedamu treats patients from all over Fairfax, Virginia with their vision correction needs. The knowledgeable, caring staff at Dr. Tewodros Gedamu & Associates can help you and your kids if they’re struggling with their glasses or don’t want to wear them.

Why Won’t My Child Wear His or Her Glasses?

To help your children get the best vision possible, you first need to understand why they’re fighting with you over their glasses. It usually stems from something physical, emotional, or social, such as:

  • Wrong fit
  • Wrong prescription
  • Personal style
  • Reactions from friends

How do you know which it is? Pay close attention to the signs, from what your kids say, to how they behave, to how they interact with others.

Physical

Improper fit is a big reason why glasses could feel uncomfortable. If they slip down, itch behind the ears, or put pressure on the bridge of the nose, it can explain why a child wouldn’t like to wear them.

If there’s been a big change to their prescription, they may need time to get used to it. If they were given the wrong prescription, they may be straining their eyes, getting headaches, or having eye fatigue. An incorrect prescription can make wearing glasses painful or awkward. It doesn’t correct their vision, either, so they’ll still see blurry images. When this happens, your eye doctor can check the prescription and make an adjustment.

Emotional

Your kids at home aren’t the same as your kids in school, on the sports field, or with their friends. They may be afraid of being made fun of in school, or they may not want the sudden attention on their appearance. These feelings can be even stronger among the tween and teen set.

Social

Even young kids can feel different when they put on a pair of glasses, especially if it’s for the first time. Feeling different or weird, in their eyes, translates to a negative experience. When wearing glasses makes them feel like the odd man out, they may not want to wear them. The last thing your child wants is to feel like a social outcast. After all, everyone wants to belong.

How We Can Help

First, bring your child in to the eye doctor for an eye exam. Our optometrist, Dr. Tewodros Gedamu, will check to make sure that your child has the right prescription and that any vision problems are being corrected. Next, we’ll take a look at the glasses and place them on your child’s face to determine if they’ve got the proper fit. Our optician will take care of any adjustments that need to be made.

The Vision They Need, The Style They Want

Fashion isn’t only for adults. Your budding fashionista or trendy young stud wants to look awesome, so don’t forget about style. When your kids look great, they’ll feel great! Give them the top-quality eyewear they need without compromising on style. Your kids are a lot more likely to wear glasses when they like the way they look.

What You Can Do to Help

Encourage, stay positive, and don’t give up. Avoid telling them what you want them to wear. Let them choose for themselves. In the end, they’re the ones wearing the glasses. Making decisions is an important life skill, something they’ll need as they grow up and become more independent.

For younger children, use positive words to encourage them. Talk about how glasses are like magic, letting them see beautiful things around them. Show them how a pretty flower or a bright red truck looks with the glasses on, and how different it looks with the glasses off. For older kids, throw in a little pop culture. Tell them how trendy they’ll look by showing them pictures of celebrities who also wear glasses. You’ll also rack up some cool parent points.

At Dr. Tewodros Gedamu & Associates, we have the experience and unique approach to children’s eyewear that will make your kids want to wear their glasses. Schedule an eye exam today – you can book an appointment online right here. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.

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Expert Eye Care From Our Fairfax Optometrist

Your dedicated eye doctors at Dr. Gedamu & Associates are all about your eye care. All of our optometrists believe in looking at the big picture when it comes to your eye health, so we take the time to get to know you, your eye care history and your vision needs. They know that getting the right prescription involves many factors, including clear eyesight, visual efficiency and your ability to process visual information seamlessly. Whether you need a comprehensive eye exam, a contact lens fitting or treatment, our optometrists will provide you with the best care, advice, options and follow up. We want you to live your life with clear vision.

We recently expanded our service area. We now proudly provide care to Fairfax, Centreville, Chantilly, Pentagon City, Crystal City, Alexandria, Falls Church, and the greater Washington, DC area.

Because we provide both medical and non-medical eye treatment, we accept a range of medical and vision insurance plans.

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We specialize in diagnosing and treating ocular diseases including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye, and more.

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If you experience an eye emergency, such as red eyes or eye trauma, make an appointment immediately, to avoid any permanent vision loss.

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When was the last time you or your child visited an optometrist? Many individuals who don’t wear contact lenses, and don’t suffer from eye conditions such as dry eye, glaucoma or macular degeneration, tend to forget to visit their eye doctor as often as they should. Our Fairfax optometrists recommend to have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, eye health history and risk factors.

Our practice in Fairfax, VA is located inside the Fair Oaks Mall LensCrafters on the lower level, under The Cheesecake Factory.

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