Tips for any little kid with glasses

My daughter, Eve, has worn glasses since she was three-years-old. While she’s pretty careful with them and we’ve never lost a pair, we have had our share of bust-ups. Here’s our best tips for parents and any little kid with glasses.

With so many kids wear glasses nowadays, it’s inevitable more are going to get lost…

Little kid with glasses

One thing my husband and I quickly agreed to when our daughter first got her glasses was not to make a big deal out of it if she lost or broke a pair. Any little kid with glasses needs to be given so extra leeway, I think. Luckily there are a lot of glasses that don’t break (easily) you can find for kids. Here are some tips we’ve found along the way that your family might find useful.

Tips to keep kids from losing their glasses

Accountability is big word, but the earlier kids learn it, the better off they’ll be. Managing little kids with glasses can be challenging. One of my friend‘s family mantras is: “If they ain’t on your face, put them in your case.”

They started charging their child $1 every time they found the glasses out of their case, but not on their daughter’s face. “She knows if she loses them, she’s responsible for paying for the replacement. Since implementing our mantra, we’ve been almost two years without losing, breaking or replacing,” says mom.

Sounds like tough love, but is it really? I don’t think so. Another option is going the case route.

Tips so kids don’t lose or break their glasses
Eye exams for children are free in Alberta

How to find your glasses

It’s not easy for adults to find their glasses, so how to find your glasses if you’re a wee thing can be tough. If you’ve got a daughter with glasses, I suspect you’ll have an easier time of keeping track of eye glasses. That’s because many little girls are into dressing up and nothing says, “I’m growing up”, quite like accessorizing.

Two friends recommended I buy sunglass cases for my daughter. My friend Maria’s daughter was given a ton of cases when she got her first pair of glasses at five years-old. “They were super cute, all very girly with either ponies, rainbows or flowers on them. She loves to put her glasses in them and we’ve never had an issue with her losing them,” Maria says.

Stores like The Children’s Place and Claire’s sell adorable sunglass cases, some with handles, some without. These accessories are so much better than a purse any old gal can carry, don’t you think?  You can also find some of these accessories at a Doctor of Optometry’s clinic.

How to find your glasses
Personally, I think kids with glasses look more adorable.

How kids can avoid breaking their glasses

Yep, we’ve certainly mangled a few pair of glasses. Each incident was during some sort of physical activity (though a Dad I know once sat on his kid’s glasses!). Echoing my friend’s mantra: If they ain’t on your face, they’re in the case, kids need to learn to take off their glasses if they’re in a precarious situation.

What constitutes as such? Gymnastics and trampolining immediately come to mind. Any time an object could come flying at your face (dodgeball) or something could fly off your face (during jumps, flips, etc….) glasses should be put aside. Birthday parties seem to be the worst, so we always make sure to give the host a head’s up, asking them to remind Eve to put her glasses away during the rambunctious activity. You can also buy prescription sports wear glasses for your child if they need corrective lenses while they play.

children in pumpkin patch
Doesn’t this gal look adorable with her gold framed glasses?

Little kids with glasses

What’s cool is that in Alberta we have this Eye See…Eye Learn® program that provides kindergarten aged children with a complimentary pair of glasses if needed. With the school year quickly coming to an end, kindergarten parents will want to make an appointment with their optometrist quickly before their children are no longer eligible. Don’t have an optometrist? Click here for a listing of these doctors in Alberta.

If your child is just starting Kindergarten this September, you’ll probably be sent home a letter explaining this program in the fall. But here’s the thing, there’s no need to wait. You can take your child in and qualify for the program in the summer before they start kindergarten and until they’re enrolled in grade one, you can utilize this program. Current kindergarteners have until the end of summer to take advantage of Eye See…Eye Learn®.

Perhaps this was a bit cheeky, but even though Eve already had glasses, we still took advantage of Eye See…Eye Learn®. Eve’s prescription had changed slightly at one check-up, though not enough to warrant purchasing her a new pair of glasses. Her optometrist plugged the update into the computer in case we needed a new pair before her next annual appointment.

As soon as she hit Kindergarten, we ordered her a second pair under Eye See Eye Learn®, even though she didn’t really need them. I’m so glad we did, because a few months later, guess who busted her glasses? We simply pulled out the reserve pair and saved ourselves some cash.

Little kid with glasses
One of my favourite family pictures.

Free eye exams in Alberta

I bet you didn’t know annual eye exams are free in Alberta until children turn 19-years-old. Even if you’ve got an older brood, it’s worth getting their eyes examined every year once they start school. If you have younger kids, it’s recommended they have their first optometry check-up at six months of age; their second, between two and five years; and annually after they turn six.

My friend Maria followed this formula and surprise surprise, though everything was fine their first few appointments, her daughter became nearsighted at age five. You just never know what can change. I can’t tell you how relieved Maria is they caught this before starting school.

Do you have a child who wears glasses? What are your tips so they’re not easily lost or broken?

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Thank you to the Alberta Association of Optometrists for helping me tell our story. As always, my opinions are my own.

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20 thoughts on “Tips for any little kid with glasses”

  1. My youngest has worn glasses since he was about a year old. The baby ones are easier to not break as they are really bendy, but he just got a new pair. Sadly / fortunately he thinks its a fun game to take his glasses off and put them in the case. I wish he would just put them on his FACE! So far, no breaking, so fingers crossed it stays that way.

  2. My kids don’t have wear glasses right now but I’m so glad that you are reminding everyone to get their kids’ eyes tested, I had no idea that you are supposed to start at six months. I feel like kids needing to wear glasses is cool, which is so amazing.

    1. I wouldn’t have known either had my daughter not had a blocked tear duct as a baby. I’m always amazed at what I don’t know as a parent. All we can do is try our best.

  3. I really appreciate that eye exams are free in AB. Fortunately my kids don’t need glasses – I would imagine it would stress me out to not have them damaged!

  4. So far none of the kids have to wear glasses, but between my husband and I having to wear them, chances are at least one of the kids will! Great tips!

  5. Shopping for glasses with my 11 year old now. Wow, glasses are sooo much cooler than when I had my red “Sally Jesse Raphael” glasses as a kid!

  6. Claire Allen

    Thanks for the tips Jody. We’ve been relatively lucky but how about the “i left them at the resort in Mexico” reason? Any help for that?

  7. Jeff Madison

    I really appreciated your tip on making sure kids glasses are in their case if they’re not on their face. My nephew recently got glasses and I know my brother has had a hassle making sure they don’t get lost. I imagine, like in most things, discipline and accountability are really important to form those habits so your kids don’t lose their glasses!

    1. Yes, discipline and accountability ability can solve most problems in life. Lessons I still need to learn! Thanks so much for dropping by my site and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.

  8. My son just broke his eyeglasses and so I have to get him a new pair soon. However, I want to make sure that he doesn’t break them again and so I just might need to get him some prescription sports wear glasses so that he can use them while he plays. However, if I got him that type, then do you think that it would be a good idea for him to wear them even when he isn’t playing? I’m just curious, because it might be difficult for him to switch back and forth.

    1. Hi Faylinn, this is a great question. I hesitate to answer, as I’m not well versed with the differences between prescription sports glasses and the regular kind. I bet your Dr. or Optometrist would have some thoughts on this. Thanks so mjch for taking the time to read my post and comment.

  9. Thanks for the great tips Jody, my son has been wearing his glasses for about a year now and tends to leave them behind at school. Thankfully they haven’t been broke or lost, but now thanks to your info, I’m not so worried if it happens. Thanks again

  10. Kendall Ryder

    It is smart to remember that birthday parties, or any other gathering with a lot of children, can be bad for your glasses. That way you can save your child’s glasses from all of the craziness that goes o when there are a lot of children. Sports wear glasses would be perfect if your child really could not do without hi/her glasses!

  11. Did your daughter have glasses before she was 2 or 3? How did she deal with kids pulling them off ?

    My tot has glasses for almost two year will start school in September.

    I want to preempt what she should say to kids if they try to pull off her glasses.
    Should she push them away or say ‘that’s not very nice’ ?

    A week ago a baby less than a year old pulled her glasses and she just let him and fixed them back on afterwards.
    Any suggestions?

  12. Rhianna Hawk

    My daughter has been diagnosed as near-sighted, and she’s only seven and I’m worried that she’ll lose them when we get them for her. Your $1 charge idea for when they leave their glasses out of their case is a great idea, especially as my daughter does get an allowance that the money can come out of. We’ll also be sure to talk to her about when she needs to take them off, like during her swimming classes, as you suggest.

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