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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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