My son is officially a 7th grader, and this year he has joined the tennis team and loves it. Yay, no more horrible PE class. When the kids do extracurricular activities like sports, the school require a physical every year. Plus, this year we needed more immunizations.
When we went to the doctor, they felt he needed to visit the eye doctor. We soon learned one of his eyes was only seeing 20/70. This meant glasses for the first time. His older sister had to get glasses when she hit 7th grade as well, so I knew it was a possibility.
It’s a big change to have your child start keeping up with a pair of glasses. Here are a few tips for making sure kids with glasses have what they need:
#1 Always have a spare set of glasses. I can’t tell you how relieved I was we had a spare set for my older daughter when she was about 13 years old. She accidentally sat on the first pair and broke the frames. It’s really not a luxury, but more like having a spare key for the house.
#2 Keep them labeled. Always keep your child’s name and your phone number on the case so they can be returned if lost.
#3 Be realistic. Kids are rough on glasses, so make sure together you choose good frames that will last that your child also really likes. Plus, right now JCPenney has a back-to-school deal with a free eyeglass protection plan for kids 16 and under!
#4 Keep them clean. Right from the beginning teach your child not to throw away the cleaning cloth that usually comes with their glasses. Keep it in a location they can always find and think about getting a spare. Make sure you show them how to use it without scratching the lenses.
#5 Good bedtime habits. Teach your child right from the start to put their glasses on the bedside table or nearby in the case, and it will become second nature.
One of the best times to get glasses is during all the Back to School sales. JCPenney has a deal right now with their Back to School Savings! One pair for $39.99 plus free eyeglass protection plan (to protect against kids just being kids) for kids 16 and under.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.