Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to Glasses or Contacts

By Dr. Chad McDonald, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Optometrist and Partner in Watts Eye Associates, Dr. Chad McDonald is an expert in the eye care field with over 18 years of experience with Watts Eye Associates. Dr. McDonald, a graduate of University of New England and New England College of Optometry, completed his residency with Boston Medical Center and Mass Eye & Ear and furthered his education in comprehensive care for the visually disable at the Lighthouse Center in NYC. In 2013 Dr. McDonald became Newburyport's first Board Certified Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. He is also a member of the Mass Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association. He serves as a Senior Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the New England College of Optometry and still finds time to serve on the board and be a past president of the Newburyport Lions club serving as chair of the much loved Bed Race during Yankee Homecoming week.
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Help your child adjust to glasses or contacts, Newburyport MA

Looking for some advice on helping your child adjust to glasses or contacts? While corrective lenses have vastly improved in terms of technology and style over the past few decades, it’s not always easy for kids feel comfortable with their new eyewear. Here are few ideas to help your child make the transition.

Get in the right “frame” of mind. Glasses shouldn’t just look good – they should feel good, too. Make sure that the pair your child falls in love with is also comfortable to wear and fitted properly. When Watts Eye Associates notifies you that your glasses are ready for pickup, bring your child to the office and we’ll make sure they fit just right helping your child adjust to glasses more easily.

Update your morning routine. Up, dressed, glasses, breakfast! By incorporating new glasses into your family’s morning routine, you’ll help your child remember to put them on without making a big deal about it.

Celebrate new glasses as an important milestone. Seeing better makes everything better – why not celebrate these positive changes with your child? Turn office visits into treats with a special activity or reward at the end. Remind your child of all the benefits of improved vision and glasses will seem more like a gift instead of a chore.

Don’t forget the coolness factor! There are plenty of celebrities whose look wouldn’t be complete without their signature pair of glasses or shades. Find out who among your child’s heroes wears glasses (there’s bound to be one), and pull up some pics on your phone or computer.  This and other positive associations are sure to help your child adjust to glasses.

Consider contact lenses. There are plenty of reasons why contacts should be considered, even for younger kids. For example, contacts are important for kids who play sports, or for those who have difficulty keeping track of glasses. Many kids find that a combination of glasses and contacts.

Vision care products are making constant advancements, and Watts Eye Associates offers the most current options.  Bausch & Lomb BioTrue contact lenses, for example, use the latest technology to help eyes breathe and stay moisturized.

Watts Eye Associates works hard to ensure that all of our customers enjoy a better quality of life thanks to top-quality, comfortable eyewear. For kids, this often means giving them an important tool to excel in school or sports. Make an appointment today to help your child see and feel better thanks to our committed, expert staff of optometrists and clinicians.