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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.

Top 5 Tips for Managing Eye Allergies This Spring

Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors.

For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers, so is pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust. These airborne allergens can trigger uncomfortable reactions such as watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, congestion, and sinus pain.

There are some things you can do to minimize the discomfort throughout the spring season.

Check out Our Top 5 Tips for Getting Through Eye Allergy Season:

  1. Pollen tends to have a higher count in the mornings and early evenings. During these times, stay inside and keep windows closed. If you enjoy an early morning exercise run, consider an alternative indoor workout during peak allergy season.
  2. Take a shower before going to sleep. Doing this at night can rinse away any lingering allergens and leave you with a clearer eye and nasal area, as well as a more restful night’s sleep.
  3. Keep artificial tears close by. They can temporarily alleviate ocular allergy symptoms by lubricating your eyes when they feel dry and itchy, and they’re usually small enough to fit inside a purse or pocket. If you don’t have any good eye drops, use a cool compress as an alternative method of relief.
  4. If your allergies are caused by dust or pet dander, vacuum. A lot. Dust collects quickly and can be difficult to spot until there’s a high amount of it. Pets can shed fast and often, and just when you think you’ve removed all the fur from your sofa, carpet, or bed, you suddenly find more, so vacuum a few times each week.
  5. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and change your linens more often during the spring season. Remnants of airborne allergens can stay on your hands, towels, and bed sheets. Washing them more frequently can minimize some of your allergic reactions.

Though it may be tempting, don’t rub your eyes. This can actually aggravate the allergy response. If you find yourself using artificial tears more than 4 times a day, or other short-term solutions aren’t enough, speak with your eye doctor. You may be able to receive antihistamine eye drops or other prescription medications to ease your discomfort.

When It’s More Than Allergies

Certain eye allergy symptoms can also be signs of eye conditions or diseases, so pay close attention to any reactions that don’t dissipate after allergy season ends.

These Eye Symptoms can include:

  • Dryness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Itchiness
  • Persistent eye pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

These Symptoms Can Indicate Eye conditions, Such As:

  • Blepharitis (inflamed eyelids)
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Corneal Abrasions
  • Dry Eye Disease
  • Styes (an oil gland infection that causes a bump or pimple-like shape in the eyelid)

Eye Allergies and Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses, speak to your doctor about daily disposable contacts. These can be a great option for allergy sufferers. Since dailies are thrown away at the end of the day, there’s no heavy allergen buildup on the lenses to worry about.

Consider switching to eyeglasses for a while. Even the most comfortable soft lenses can feel irritable during allergy season. Use the springtime to get yourself a new look. With a wide range of incredible styles to choose from, including exclusive eyewear collections from today’s hottest designers, there’s something for everyone. Not sure what the choose? Talk to your optician to help you find a style that’s right for you.

An Ocular Allergy Optometrist Near You

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Contact your eye doctor for any specific questions or concerns about your eye allergies.

OUR INSURANCE PLANS

Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs.

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Our Eye Care Clinic in Fairfax, VA Accepts The Following:

Vision Plans We Accept

  • Aetna Better Health
  • Eye Med
  • Cigna
  • FEP Blue Vision
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Eye Med
  • Cigna
  • FEP Blue Vision

  • Aetna 
    • Excluding discount plans
  • Cigna 
    • International plans accepted
  • Humana Vision
  • GEHA
  • UMR
  • FEP Blue Vision
  • UnitedHealthCare 
    • Excluding UHC Vision & Spectera Vision

Medical Plans We Accept

  • Aetna Better Health
  • Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Medicare
  • Cigna

  • Aetna
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Including Federal Employee Plans
  • UMR
  • Medicare & Supplements 
  • Cigna
    • International plans accepted
    • Excluding Surefit, Select & EPO Plans

*We do not accept Medicaid or any of their supplements

 

If you do not see your plan listed here, please give us a call and we would be happy to assist you. Our staff is also always available to answer any questions regarding your benefits.

The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses.

A vision insurance policy is not the same as medical insurance. Regular medical health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.

**Note– We do not take Davis Vision and Specterra plans.

Please check with your insurance plan if you need to obtain a referral from your Primary Care doctor, especially for medical eyecare. Although referrals are not usually required for routine eye exams, HMO plans require you to get a referral before you get medical eyecare for injuries, diseases and emergency office visits.

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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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