Learn how to get your toddler to wear glasses with these tips…
When our youngest son received a prescription for glasses, I wasn’t all that shocked. Most children with Dyrk1a Syndrome have eye abnormalities and require glasses.
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I was very concerned about how I would make Jaxson keep his glasses on. He absolutely hated to wear anything on his head: hats, beanies, hoodies… you name it, he hates it!
So naturally I freaked out!
Our Visit with the Ophthalmologist
I was the one who initiated the referral for Jaxson, I wanted to make sure that he was getting everything he needed… most kids with his condition – Dyrk1a Syndrome – wear glasses and have some type of eye abnormality.
The visit itself was a little long so I would definitely recommend taking things to keep your toddler busy:
When we got to the appointment, we had to go over our usual demographic information and past medical history with the nurse… you know, the usual. However with Jaxson his medical history is pretty extensive.
After all of his medical information was given, the nurse put in eye drops to help dilate his eyes for the doctor. That was a little challenging with a toddler! I had to hold his arms and legs while his head rested in the nurse’s lap.
Jaxson was upset naturally as we headed back to the waiting room for his eyes to fully dilate.
The waiting itself was not that bad due to bringing reinforcements, you know all the snacks and his tablet! We went back a second time to see the doctor and he had no idea what was about to happen.
Like with the eye drops, I had to hold his arms and legs as the nurse held his head. The eye doctor held up a red lens as she shone a light into it to check his prescription.
His doctor found that he was severely far-sighted in his right eye and wanted to ensure that it didn’t overcompensate and damage the other.
What Happens Next?
We scheduled an appointment that was three months out to see how he was adjusting to life with glasses. There was a possibility that he would require a patch to protect the other eye a couple hours a day.
They have a wonderful warranty program when you purchase through them! The order process itself was very simple however, you have to wait a couple weeks for them to come in… and then our journey began!
How to Get Your Toddler to Wear Glasses
As I predicted Jaxson threw the glasses off right away. He maybe had it on for five seconds before ripping them off at the office. Since most of our kiddos have glasses, I decided to reach out to my tribe and see what worked best for them.
Use a Pacifier Clip
Since Jaxson was prone to ripping the glasses off of his head, a mom recommended that I use a pacifier clip to keep tabs. Man was it a godsend! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a simple pacifier clip will do!
I wrapped the elastic part of the glasses with one end of the pacifier clip and clipped them to his bib. Now when we are home or out for doctor appointments we will not have to search for them!
At the follow up appointment the doctor was actually impressed with the idea!
Try to Keep Them Distracted
Jaxson has a lot of therapy appointments throughout the week, and I mentioned to his therapists the importance of keeping his glasses on. They would keep him busy doing cards for speech or fine and gross motor skills for occupational therapy.
He ended up wearing the glasses for most of the sessions due him being busy. Our Dyrk1a children love watching YouTube on their devices, that’s when I started to put his glasses on during tablet time. You can also keep them busy while they are watching their favorite cartoons or eating at the table.
It is Very Important to Be Consistent
I know it’s pretty cliche but consistency is definitely ideal. I wasn’t as consistent with his glasses in the beginning and it definitely showed. Jaxson would constantly take his glasses off and I was frustrated – what parent wouldn’t be?
When his follow up appointment came up and he was only wearing his glasses 60% of the time, I knew I had to be more proactive.
I kept up with tablet time, kept reminding his therapists to help keep them on during sessions, and meal time. And you know what? It paid off! He now wears his glasses about 99.9% of the time!
He may take them off in the car here or there and we take them off during nap or bed time. It’s actually cute watching him with them on now, he’ll pull his glasses up to scratch his eye and place them back.
My Final Thoughts
As you can see you can have your toddler in glasses 99.9% of the time! I understand the frustration of them ripping it off but we have to remember it’s to help them. I know Jaxson was frustrated with them too but he now knows that he can see better with them.
How do you get your toddler to wear glasses? I would love to hear your tips or hacks!