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Tips for Parents Who Are Buying Their Children Eyeglasses Plus $250 Giveaway

I’m the only person in my family who doesn’t wear glasses. That is not a joke either. I quite literally mean that. My husband, all three of my children, my mother, my grandmother, my first cousins, … even my two in-laws. Every single person I know and love wears glasses. So, I’ve been to my fair share of eye doctor appointments. Over the years, I’ve learned a few lessons and wanted to share them with you to help answer some questions. In order to get through the process as smoothly as possible, here are a few tips for parents who have children that are heading to the eye doctor.

Tips for Parents Who Are Buying Their Children Eyeglasses

Tips for Parents Who Are Buying Their Children Eyeglasses

Listen To Your Children:

My daughter got her first set of glasses last year and her doctor told us that she really didn’t need them. The prescription was so slight that if she didn’t really want to wear glasses, he wouldn’t be opposed to us opting against the process. She could wear them or not. That’s how minor the issue was. Natalie really wanted lenses, so we chose to get her a pair of glasses and off we went. However, halfway through the year, she started to complain about not being able to see the board. She kept telling us that the glasses were no longer working. I kept reminding her that the doctor said she didn’t really need them to begin with. We decided to take her in a bit earlier than our insurance allowed just to be sure and low and behold… her eyesight worsened dramatically since her last appointment. In fact, during her first visit, one eye had no issues at all. During her last visit, both eyes showed a significant decrease in eyesight. Her prescription was changed and apologies were made. I wish I didn’t wait as long as I did. I waited several months before taking her in. My biggest advice to any parent is to always listen to your children and make sure you get their eyes checked every year, just like their physical check-ups.

1 in 4 children across the country struggle with undiagnosed vision problems in school. Undiagnosed/untreated vision problems in children can lead to headaches, avoidance of schoolwork, acting out in class, perceived inability to comprehend assignments and more. If your child begins to complain about not being able to see the board, that is an indication that he/she might be struggling with their sight.

Get An Extra Pair Of Glasses

Back to school is the perfect time to get an eye exam or an updated prescription for your children. If your children need new glasses, Walmart Vision Centers offer 20% off additional glasses when you buy more than one pair. Each of my children has two pairs of glasses. This is so important because – without fail – we always tend to lose one right before a big trip/concert/event. The second pair comes in handy when we are on the go. My boys always tend to break their glasses (more on that in a bit) and while the lenses and frames are being fixed, we have an extra set at home to wear.

Tips for Parents Who Are Buying Their Children Eyeglasses

Warranties Are Key

My two boys literally break their glasses a dozen times a year – EACH. This sounds impossible but it is not. Do you have boys? You know what I am saying. We are so thankful for Walmart Vision Centers because thanks to their 1-year guarantee, we are able to do our walk of shame with those broken 

glasses in hand at least once a week with no issues!! And you know what? We are always greeted with a smile! Because of the guarantee, the glasses always get fixed. THANK YOU!!!!!!!  Walmart Vision Centers’1-year guarantees gives you peace of mind. Trust me – with children – this is an absolute must.

Tips for Parents Who Are Buying Their Children Eyeglasses

Consider Transition Lenses

You probably aren’t even THINKING about Transitions lenses for your kids, but two years ago we opted for them when purchasing frames for our middle child, Liam, and it was one of the best decisions we ever made! Transitions make wearing eyeglasses hassle-free. No need to worry about carrying around two pairs of glasses because no matter what, his glasses adjust to whatever situation he is in. We love it! Transitions lenses are intelligent, in that they darken and lighten automatically in reaction to changing light. Transitions® Light Intelligent lenses make every day simpler and that’s exactly what I am looking for as a mom.

Transitions® lenses filter Harmful Blue Light from artificial sources, such as digital devices and LED lights. In this day and age, with all the iPads and gaming our children do, I am so happy to know that his glasses are working to protect his eyes during screen time as well!

I don’t know why we didn’t do that for Natalie last year during her doctor appointment. Probably because we thought she really didn’t “need” them so we weren’t sure if she was going to wear them at all. Well, this time around, she absolutely needed glasses.   So, while at the Walmart Vision Center, we asked for Transitions lenses technology to be added to her Nikon Eyes lenses. Walmart offers Transitions lenses that automatically adapt to changing light conditions.

Currently, Transitions lenses are available gray, brown and graphite green, and can be paired with almost any frame.

Tips for Parents Who Are Buying Their Children Eyeglasses

Go Premium

If you are looking for a premium experience, you can have one with your lenses as well. Opt for premium, high-quality Nikon Eyes® lenses – which are advanced, innovative lenses – exclusive just to Walmart Vision Centers. Nikon Eyes provide sharper vision and offer a better perception of details. They also have TotalShield™ protection against scratches, smudges, and glare, because as we all know, kids are active. Plus – total bonus –  they are easy to clean. Nikon Eyes are available for kids and adults.

Let Your Kids Pick Out The Frames

I know you want to help them, but your kids are going to be the ones wearing the eyeglasses and they have to be the ones comfortable in them. I’ve tried to offer up fashion advice to my little ones, but it always ends up backfiring on me. You can get away with it for a few years, but once your kids start to have opinions of their own… let them have opinions of their own. My 13-year-old daughter knows who she is. Frames are very personal. They are an extension of someone’s personality if you will! We – as parents – should accept we have no say in something as personal as facial accessories. Because that’s really what eyeglasses are. Am I right?

Tips for Parents Who Are Buying Their Children Eyeglasses

Giveaway Time

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Vera
Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

166 Comments

  1. Would love to win!! My teenager is in need of a change of eyeglasses 🙂

  2. Yes, eye exams are always on our back to school list! All three of my kids wear glasses, like me!

  3. I shop there a lot AND I got my own eyeglasses there as well as my husbands. I was pleasantly surprised how affordable they were even with the extras like bifocals, Nikon lenses and transitions! We just moved recently and this gift card would sure come in handy!

  4. Yes, my daughter has an appointment in September for a checkup. I’m hoping that they aren’t bad. She seems to have a little problem with words far away.

  5. We are way behind for our annual exam! I hope to make our appointment soon and I agree getting two pair of glasses will be a must for us

  6. My 7 year old wears glasses. He has been wearing them for 2 years now. He unfortunately inherited strabismus from me. We opt for Transition lenses anemia a 2nd pair too. He is super opinionated, so he picks out his own frames. We are fortunate that he likes wearing glasses.

  7. A Walmart gift card is always useful. A new pair of glasses would be nice.

  8. Eye exams are always on the list! I want to make sure my kids can read the board and books! Thanks for the chance!

  9. Yes my Son needs a new pair of glasses he also wears contacts back to school is such a crazy busy time here!

  10. I love reading your blog posts as you really hit the nail on the head with this one as far ss glassses are concerned. Super informative, thank uou!

  11. Yes, my whole family needs to get our eyes checked. I need new glasses but not sure if my son will need them. He currently does not wear any. Thanks for the chance.

  12. I do need to get an eye exam and probably new glasses or a least a spare pair.

  13. They are not on my back to school list this year….they are an annual event….or as needed. 🙂 Thank you.

  14. yes, i always make their appointments for exams around the new school year

  15. An eye exam and new glasses are actually on my to-do list, but fortunately not my grandsons yet as they don’t need glasses.

  16. Eye exams are on the back to school to-do list for sure. And it is great to have Walmart for eye needs!

  17. I always have my daughters eyes check before back-to-school starts as it’s one of the things that’s on the list.

  18. I just recently had to get some new glasses. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  19. Yes both we need an eye exam and New glasses for my daughter before School starts back up at first she hated having to wear glassed but now she loves them

  20. No glasses besides sun glasses and my girl gets a free eye check up at school!

  21. I so need an eye exam and some good new reading glasses I am afraid that the ones I am using are making my eyes worse.

  22. Absolutely! I have a 4th grader with her mama’s poor vision. This year will be her 3rd pair of glasses.

  23. My daughter is up to date on her eye exam but me and my husband are way overdue.

  24. Fortunately neither of my boys need glasses however this Mama does. I have an exam next week and hope to get a new hip pair of glasses to show off in the classroom.

  25. I need an eye exam, and so does my father and younger brother! It’s a MUST before school starts!

  26. My daughter just recently had a new eye exam. When I was young and needed glasses, my mother didn’t believe me and told me I was just wanting to be like my friend who wore glasses. She wouldn’t take me to the eye doctor for over a year until I wore her down. My eyes were terrible! My own daughter started wearing glasses in the 1st grade.

  27. My grandkids have their eyes checked that’s how we knew that one of our granddaughters needed glasses.
    The glasses have seemed to have strengthened her eyes too. She loves her glasses and got them in the color she wanted. That helped with her wanting to wear them. This is a very informative review! Pin & Facebook worthy!

  28. Yes, they are always on my to do list. My mom has glaucoma so I keep an eye on all of our eyes!

  29. My 7 year old daughter wears glasses. Shes scared to go to school this year because shes afraid the kids will pick on her because of it! I feel terrible that I cant afford the glasses she wants!

  30. I don’t have a back-to-school list because my kids are all grown. I do get an eye exam every year and replace my glasses as needed.

  31. My kids already got their new prescriptions in April, so we are good to go for school. We get them checked every year.

  32. new glasses are definitely on my back-to-school list. I just had my exam done last week!

  33. No eyeglasses yet – my kids are pretty young. I just got new glasses myself a few months ago!

  34. We have just been considering that the 4th grader needs to have his eyes checked, he has been complaining of headaches rather frequently. But it is a real possibility that he has just been watching too much TV recently!

  35. My daughter will be needing new glasses probably this fall at her next eye appointment.

  36. Yes, eyeglasses and an eye exam are on my family’s back to school list this year.

  37. The coating on my glasses has started coming off so I definitely need to look in getting a new pair and most likely get my eye prescription up to date.

  38. No, but that’s only because we took my daughter to the eye Dr over the summer. 2 new pairs of glasses!!

  39. I’m about three years past due for new glasses. This prize would certainly help

  40. The moment when you confuse a child for a trash can is the moment you need new glasses, no excuses. I’m reaching that threshold.

  41. My son needs new glasses and my daughter needs to go for her first exam.

  42. I usually wait until the end of September. My kids, admittedly, don’t read a ton in the summer, and giving that month into the school year gives me time to observe and get feedback from their teachers.

  43. Yes, everyone in my family wears glasses so we schedule our yearly eye exams near the end of summer.

  44. My nephew does not wear glasses so far. But he gets tested every year just to make sure.

  45. Not necessarily on my back to school list but my daughters do get their annual eye exams and one daughter wears glasses!

  46. I personally could use some new glasses. It’s been years now and I really need to get them checked out again.

  47. they need to be but that is usually in the middle or the year it seems when they say something about there eyes i think there so excited during summer break they dont think about it but that is something to think about

  48. Eye exams were on my back to school list this year. Lucky none of my children needed eye glasses.

  49. They are on our back to school list! We’re all going in once we have the money

  50. It’s about time for my 14 year old son to get new glasses and I’ll be a better cheerleader for him him in picking a new pair thanks to the tips here! Thanks!

  51. As someone who used to be 2

    I think of 2014 as the year of the headache. It took several weeks to figure out that the headache wasn’t from going cold turkey on Diet Coke, but that I needed new glasses. As someone who was 20/2000 in the ba eye, I should have realized it sooner.

  52. We have already picked up one pair for our son but have to pick up a second pair. This would definitely help with that,

  53. Eye exams are not due yet for any of us and no one is having vision issues so thankfully this is not an added expense at back to school time.

  54. My three little ones just had their eyes examined & thank God they’re fine, but this Mama needs an exam & new glasses!

  55. No not this year we dont have insurance but if I win this for sure ill get my boy in for an examine and maybe an upgrade in frames for me

  56. We homeschool; so, we don’t have any back-to-school lists. However, we do go in for regular eye exams.

  57. With a -5.75 and a -6…this will come in handy. One time her glasses were misplaced and with a prescription that high she couldn’t see a thing.

  58. My 8yr old wears glasses so it is a must on our list. My baby went from -1.75 to -3.75 so we change glasses often.

  59. Eye exams and new glasses were at the beginning of the year so already done for this year

  60. School is already back in where we live, so we already took care of that, but we tend to go every year

  61. They are! I need new glasses. I can tell my eyesight has changed in the last 2 years.

  62. Yes! My daughter is getting her eyes checked and she will probably need an updated eyeglass prescription.

  63. No they are not on my list right now but sometime this year hopefully! Thank you!

  64. An annual eye exam and/or screening is essential for your child’s health and learning !

  65. Eye exams and a new pair of glasses are most definitely on my to-do back to school list.

  66. Eye exams and new glasses are on our back to school list every year for my 3 girls.

  67. Yes, we do an annual eye exam & get new glasses every year before school starts

  68. Yes, all 3 of my kiddos had eye exams before school. My middle girl needs glasses now, so I love these tips!

  69. Both my son and daughter had eye exams and both need new glasses for school.

  70. Although my youngest is the one starting her senior year at ole miss, having my eyes checked is on my list. I put it off until I can’t anymore.

  71. Yes, eye exams and eyeglasses are very much needed here, and I’m actually excited for it.

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