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Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge.

Dr. Paul Neiheiser treats patients from all over Plainsboro, New Jersey with their vision correction needs. The knowledgeable, caring staff at Allied Vision Services can help you and your kids if they’re struggling with their glasses or don’t want to wear them.

Why Won’t My Child Wear His or Her Glasses?

To help your children get the best vision possible, you first need to understand why they’re fighting with you over their glasses. It usually stems from something physical, emotional, or social, such as:

  • Wrong fit
  • Wrong prescription
  • Personal style
  • Reactions from friends

How do you know which it is? Pay close attention to the signs, from what your kids say, to how they behave, to how they interact with others.

Physical

Improper fit is a big reason why glasses could feel uncomfortable. If they slip down, itch behind the ears, or put pressure on the bridge of the nose, it can explain why a child wouldn’t like to wear them.

If there’s been a big change to their prescription, they may need time to get used to it. If they were given the wrong prescription, they may be straining their eyes, getting headaches, or having eye fatigue. An incorrect prescription can make wearing glasses painful or awkward. It doesn’t correct their vision, either, so they’ll still see blurry images. When this happens, your eye doctor can check the prescription and make an adjustment.

Emotional

Your kids at home aren’t the same as your kids in school, on the sports field, or with their friends. They may be afraid of being made fun of in school, or they may not want the sudden attention on their appearance. These feelings can be even stronger among the tween and teen set.

Social

Even young kids can feel different when they put on a pair of glasses, especially if it’s for the first time. Feeling different or weird, in their eyes, translates to a negative experience. When wearing glasses makes them feel like the odd man out, they may not want to wear them. The last thing your child wants is to feel like a social outcast. After all, everyone wants to belong.

How We Can Help

First, bring your child in to the eye doctor for an eye exam. Our optometrist, Dr. Paul Neiheiser, will check to make sure that your child has the right prescription and that any vision problems are being corrected. Next, we’ll take a look at the glasses and place them on your child’s face to determine if they’ve got the proper fit. Our optician will take care of any adjustments that need to be made.

The Vision They Need, The Style They Want

Fashion isn’t only for adults. Your budding fashionista or trendy young stud wants to look awesome, so don’t forget about style. When your kids look great, they’ll feel great! Give them the top-quality eyewear they need without compromising on style. Your kids are a lot more likely to wear glasses when they like the way they look.

What You Can Do to Help

Encourage, stay positive, and don’t give up. Avoid telling them what you want them to wear. Let them choose for themselves. In the end, they’re the ones wearing the glasses. Making decisions is an important life skill, something they’ll need as they grow up and become more independent.

For younger children, use positive words to encourage them. Talk about how glasses are like magic, letting them see beautiful things around them. Show them how a pretty flower or a bright red truck looks with the glasses on, and how different it looks with the glasses off. For older kids, throw in a little pop culture. Tell them how trendy they’ll look by showing them pictures of celebrities who also wear glasses. You’ll also rack up some cool parent points.

At Allied Vision Services, we have the experience and unique approach to children’s eyewear that will make your kids want to wear their glasses. Schedule an eye exam today – you can book an appointment online right here. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.

Welcome to Allied Vision Services, Your Neighborhood Eye Clinic

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Whether you need your annual eye exam, a consultation for contacts, or a new eyeglasses prescription, you are in good hands with our eye care team.

At Allied Vision Services, our optometrists have the credentials, experience, and expertise you need to ensure your eyes are properly cared for.

Big enough to grow with the community, small enough to take the time to care, we’ve been in your neighborhood for decades! In an age where the term “customer service” is overused and underemployed, we actually beleive in it and practice it! We are not some corporate behemoth that rushes you out the door. We take the time to do things right. Whether caring for your eyes or getting you the right pair of glasses or contacts, we don’t take short cuts, and we listen.

We treat your eyes as if they were ours. Your precious vision allows you to work, play, and fully engage in life. And if you develop a problem that falls outside our expertise, we’ve been around long enough to know the right specialists to see. Visit us for the kind of care you just don’t find everywhere!

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul E. Neiheiser, Dr. John J. Russo, or Dr. Stefanie Hwang for a range of optometry services – from routine eye exams to emergency eye care.

Visit our optometry clinics for all of your vision and eye care needs.

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This review is long overdue – – I’ve been a patient with Allied Vision for so many years – I started in their Lawrenceville office with Dr. Stu Kolber – – when a new office was opening in Plainsboro I was so sad I wouldn’t get Dr. Stu as my DR.. but he assured me he would have great people there to carry on – – and he kept his word! The best staff! Like family! And knowing that Dr. Paul Neiheiser knows my eyes and their health so well, takes the worry out of any visit there.

Each person does an outstanding job and I’ve referred so many people – my whole family and even co-workers go there. I’m grateful – – the longer I have my sight, the more I depend on Allied Vision.

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When Was Your Last Visit to an Eye Doctor near you?

While most people schedule regular check-ups with doctors and dentists, many are not aware of the importance of an annual visit to the eye doctor near you.

Having a regular eye exam near you can be the key to the early detection and treatment of emerging vision problems, eye diseases and other health issues.

When you come to Allied Vision Services for an eye exam, you will receive comprehensive service designed to find and correct any vision or eye issue you may or may not be aware of – from prescription eyewear to diagnosis and treatment of common eye diseases.

Don’t take good vision for granted, schedule an appointment today!

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