Imagine this: your child has started to learn to read at just over three years old. But just as she begins to start her journey learning how to read, her ophthalmologist prescribes her glasses.
As a parent, there are countless questions that come to mind: will my child look different in glasses, less childlike? How much will it cost you in the long run? How long will the glasses last? Will his/her sight deteriorate even more in the future? Any why now, is it too early?
For those who may be wearing glasses as a child, you may remember having to learn to adjust to wearing glasses, and as you grew older needed to change out spectacles continuously, much to your parent’s dismay. But even with that experience, having your child wear glasses now is likely something very new to you.
From a medical perspective, there are many reasons why a child needs to wear glasses:
- To improve his/her vision and help the child to function better in surrounding environment
- To help straighten eyes that are crossed or misaligned, which is a condition called strabismus
- To help strengthen a weak or “lazy” eye
- To protect one eye if the child has poor vision in the other
Perhaps the first and most important issue to deal with is your own anxiety as a parent. Only when you understand your child’s need to prescription glasses will it be much easier to ease your child into the lifelong commitment to wearing glasses.