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Tips to help your Child LOVE their Glasses

Perhaps you’ve recently discovered that your child requires glasses due to certain signs they exhibited at home and at school. They’ve had the eye test and now you need to buy the glasses. Here are some tips to ease them into what will be a new experience, and might even be causing some anxiety.

Your child may fear being teased

The old ‘coke bottle’ glasses, are thankfully, a thing of the past. There are so many styles of glasses on the market these days and you don’t have to break the bank to choose something stylish. If your child fears being stereotyped as a nerd, the great news is that the range on offer today is far greater than when we were children. Added to that, the stigma once attached to wearing glasses is largely gone.

Get your child involved in the process

Let’s face it, some children (and adults too) can be resistant to something new. If your child is allowed to be a part of the decision making process, they’ll be more invested and connected to their new pair of glasses.

At Eyes By Design, we have the largest range of children’s frames on offer on the Central Coast.

Let your child pick out the frames they like

It’s a good chance that what they consider cool is different to what you had in mind! Forget about colour coordination, kids have their own unique ideas of ‘what’s cool’

Choosing the right size

Your optometrist can and should help in this process. Buying a pair of glasses that are comfortable (not to mention appropriate for the child’s age) will go a long way toward your child actually wearing them and not ‘accidentally leaving them at home’

Show your child some role models

Did you know that even glasses have ambassadors? Sure they do! Celebrities from Justin Beiber to Kim Kardashian have been snapped wearing glasses and in doing so, they’ve indirectly acted as a positive agent for wearing spectacles. (not to mention they also make it look cool.) If your child has any reservations about donning a pair of glasses it may help to show that celebs wear them too. And let’s not forget Harry Potter! Harry may well have helped an entire generation of kids to accept that wearing glasses is a good thing.

Getting your child used to wearing glasses

If your child has never worn glasses before they may need to become accustomed to actually wearing them. Consider starting a scheduled time for them to put their glasses on, for the first couple of days it might just be for 20 or 30 minutes. After a couple of days, extend the time to 40 minutes or so. Keep extending the time until your child is wearing their glasses all day. Gradually they’ll become accustomed to wearing them, and if the frames were chosen carefully to fit (as mentioned above) it will make the task so much easier for everyone involved.

Do you wear glasses?

Take the time to explain how much glasses help you and what can happen if you don’t wear them. For example, some people complain of eye strain and headaches when they forget to wear their glasses.

We’re here to help

Obviously we can help you and your child to purchase their glasses, but we’re also here to assist in adjustments and other issues. All glasses sold at Eyes By Design have a minimum 12 month warranty on the frame (some brands are up to two years).

At Eyes By Design we are dedicated as your Central Coast eyecare providers, to optimise your children’s vision, both now and in the future.

We’ve been prescribing, fitting and dispensing eyewear for nearly 20 years. We are fussy about your eyewear and always take the time to get things right.

Wearing Sunglasses To Protect Your Kids Eyes – It Starts With You

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Parents as a role models for their kids

An article published in the Australian Optometry Association March Newsletter has claimed that researchers have found that Australian children are four times more likely to wear sunglasses for UV protection if their parents do.

Dr Suzanne Dobbinson, lead author of the study conducted by the Australian Cancer Council and published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, has said “there is a very strong relationship between parents and children when it comes to specific sun protection behaviour.  1140 parents with Children aged up to 11 years were surveyed and it was found that generally 64% of children wore hats for sun protection, 58% used SPF 15+ sunscreen and only 11% use sunglasses.

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The Australian Sun & Your Eyes

Australia is considered to have one of the most sophisticated UV protection policies in the world.  Our “Sunsmart” program is recognized as the gold standard by World Health Organization’s Collaborative Centre for UV Protection. The Cancer Council have also stated that Sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat worn together can reduce UV radiation exposure to the eyes by up to 98 per cent. What better way to protect the eyes from that harsh Australian UV Radiation.

With such high standards being recognised in Australia we should take note that sun damage to young children, particularly when encountered in the UV danger period of 10am to 3pm, can be hazardous to their health later in life.  The effects of sun damage to the eye include: pterygia (yellowish tissue growth on the white of the eyes), early cataract, sun cancers, early macular degeneration and photokeratitis.

So as the weather starts to warm up and the sky’s begin to clear, it’s time to slide on those Sunglasses and set the standard for our Children to be sun smart.

At Eyes By Design You’re Children Are Covered

Please give us a call if you have any concerns about your child’s vision and would like some more information on types, styles and brands of sunglasses.

Pop into Eyes by Design for your kid’s sunnies today!

One thing you should do these school holidays

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Parents of children who struggle at school often give a big sigh of relief at school holiday time, it’s a break for everyone from the stress of school work, homework and an irritable child who finds it hard to get through the day.

In the September / October school holidays, as well as enjoying the break, do something to help the next term of school be a little more pleasant for a struggling child – organise an eye check and sort out any eyesight or vision processing problems.

Your child may have had an eye exam before

Perhaps at an optometrist, ophthalmologist or a vision screening before starting preschool.  A typical eye exam tends to focus on eyesight – your child will be asked to read letters on a vision chart to determine their ability to see an object clearly from a certain distance.

But an assessment with Dr Nicholas Altuneg, Behavioural Optometrist, at Eyes By Design is different because it includes more than just eyesight – it tests vision as a whole.  Behavioural Optometry includes how clearly you can see but it also includes visual skills such as eye movements, eye teaming, eye focusing, visual memory, and depth perception.

These types of skills are not typically included in a standard eye test – that’s how these problems can be missed in struggling students.

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Why have an eye test now these holidays?

With only 1 term of the school year to go? Because we think it is better for children to finish the year feeling positive and confident, rather than to continue to play catch-up.

If a vision problem is detected your child may be prescribed glasses or recommended to start vision training. And by starting now (rather than later) they may be in a better position when they start school in January 2019!

So these school holidays have a rest and take some time out but make sure you also book your child an eye test with Dr Nicholas Altuneg, Behavioural Optometrist, at Eyes By Design.