Let your teen's glasses serve as a fashion statement.

Helping a Teen With Glasses

by Lucie Westminster

If a trip to the eye doctor results in the need to buy glasses, you might have an unruly teen on your hands, fighting you about the need to see for fear his new specs will set him up to be teased. Helping your teen see the benefits of glasses will make the transition easier and also increase the likelihood he'll actually wear them when you aren't there.

Making the Process Exciting

After the doctor's appointment, only speak positively to your teen about the experience of getting glasses. Make the outing to get new glasses something to look forward to and include lunch at your teen's favorite restaurant or try a mini-makeover. Let your teen pick out a new shirt to go perfectly with the newly chosen frames.

Choosing Frames for Teens

Your teen has many places to buy frames. The multitude of frame options give your teen the opportunity to show off her style with the new specs. If she's funky, a brightly colored pair of red frames will complement her personality. For a more reserved teen, select frames that have a more understated vibe. In addition, KidsHealth.org recommends investing in a sturdy pair of frames. Even though your teen is a bit older and less likely to break them than a younger child, it doesn't mean she has the level of responsibility the typical adult does.

Improving Self-esteem

Focus on improving your teen's self-esteem. Doing so eases the process of getting new glasses because a teen who feels self-confident won't be as sensitive to the transition as one who feels badly about himself in the first place. HealthyChildren.org suggests praising your child when you notice good behavior, and in the case of glasses selection, focus on how fine one style of frames look on him rather than saying one style looks bad. Staying positive when offering constructive criticism helps your teen pick frames that suit his face without making him self-conscious during the process.

Sports Lenses

If your teen needs glasses for daily use, consider corrective lenses for sports. If your child plays a sport such as basketball, league league rules might govern eye wear. Another consideration might be prescription goggles if your teen is a swimmer or swims frequently for pleasure. If you don't buy glasses appropriate for sports practice and game, her performance could be affected.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Lucie Westminster has been a writer and researcher since 1975. Her work has been published in journals such as "Psychological Reports" and "Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior." Westminster's interests include developmental psychology, children, pets and crafting. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Miami University.

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