If you are going to convince your pre-teens to wear glasses, as a vision necessity, you are definitely going to need ammunition and I’m not talking bullets!
Did you know that Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Julia Roberts, Carmen Electra, Catherine Zeta Jones, Raven Simone, Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, Leonardo Di Caprio, Hillary Duff, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Ozzie Osborne, Kevin Costner, Whoopi Goldberg, and hundreds others actually prefer glasses to their contact lenses off-camera.
If you suspect your son or daughter may need eye glasses, the best options to take are to ask your Family Doctor for a referral, or contact your Insurance Carrier, like Health Net, who provides lists of local licensed Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Vision Care professionals throughout Chicago and every city in the U.S., to schedule an eye exam.
An initial Eye Exam each year is considered the most crucial check-up you can provide to your children, to protect their long-term vision needs. After all, its’ not just all about whether or not your child needs glasses; there are harmful diseases of the eye which can cause rapid blindness, if not treated properly and quickly, once symptoms begin.
Retinitis Pigmentosa and Diabetic Retinopathy are diseases which can strike children and teens, early in life and if uncaught, because the child is afraid or unwilling to discuss their symptoms, can rapidly result in blindness and are much more difficult to treat for the Ophthalmologist as the child ages.
Whether or not, your child agrees to glasses or contacts or anything; be sure to counsel your children to be vocal about their eye sight and vision needs. Many Family Doctors suggest separating the stigma of potential glasses from the eye exam process, to encourage children that they have options in their vision care.
You may want to try a strategy used by most medical staffs’ children around the U.S. and Chicago, who need to use eye-glasses to correct vision problems; explain to your pre-teen that in order to be fitted with contact lens, each wearer must use eye-glasses as a first corrective solution, until your Eye Doctor determines it is time to be fitted with a proper contact lens.
Also, allow children to explore their options for eye glasses that will better prepare their eyes for the eventual use of contact lenses, by explaining to them the tinting process used on glasses, to affect the look of sun-glasses in bright sunlight. It is called “Photochromic Lens” and is the preferred tinting process of celebrities everywhere.
That should get their attention and make the next few years bearable for your child. Be sure to provide your child with an expected date of “deliverance”, when you and your Ophthalmologist will allow them to experiment with correcting vision through the use of contact lens.
“I even used a method of measuring performance, by telling my child that he needed to wear the eye glasses enough, every day to keep his vision from worsening, before each scheduled vision exam. My 14 year old son was near-sighted and needed an eye exam every 6 months, due to a stigmatism in both eyes, so I had our Ophthalmologist explain that if he wore the glasses, at least 10 hours a day, his vision would stabilize and he would become a prime candidate for contact lens by age 16 years,” stated one teenager’s mother.
Ms. Andrews went on to explain that while her son David tested the theory throughout the first year, once he had completed 2 semi-annual eye exams and received the news that his eyesight was continuing to worsen by the Ophthalmologist; Ms. Andrews smiled and exclaimed that her son really focused the next two years on wearing a new pair of “photo chromatic” Aviator-styled eye-glasses and was 17 ½ years old, before he decided to attempt placing a tiny round object into each of his eyes.