November 21, 2007,
C.I. asks from Cape Coral, FL on November 13, 2007
Glasses on a 2 Year Old
At my grandson's two year check up, we mentioned that his left eye was turning inward. It got worse when he was tired. He was referred to a pediatric eye doctor. My daughter was informed that he was extremely farsighted. He was then referred to a pediatric specialist. This doctor confirmed the farsightness & prescribed glasses. We spent most of the day trying to find frames small enough for his little head. We finally found a pair at Super Target. Has anyone gone through this with someone so young? Any ideas on HOW to keep the glasses on?? He spends the days with me, & his dad has him every other week-end. The rest of the time is spent with mom. So, we all need to have the same routine.
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Thank everyone for all your help & wonderful ideas. Austin is doing real good when it comes to keeping the glasses on. He really likes seeing. My bigeest problem now, is keeping them on his tiny little head. We did get the wrap around frames, but the stems are a just a little to long. We bought the strap that holds them on, and had to tie a knot in it. It is still a work in progress, but things are getting easier every day. Thanks again......C. (better known at Grandma)
T.F. answers from San Francisco on November 15, 2007
Hi, I'm not sure where you live but you could Google Toddler Glasses or phrase like that. You could the chamber of commerce in your area. There are frames that will fit your grandson for sure - even smaller. CAn your specialist refer you to a shop that specializes in children's/toddler frames? I would also call your local hospital or check their website. Good Luck!
S.B. answers from Tallahassee on November 17, 2007
That is so weird. I was just told that my son is farsighted and he needs glasses. I starting noticing his right eye was turning in and took him to his ped Dr. They referred us to a eye specialist. He then told us the reason for his eye turning in his b/c he is farsighted and he tries to focus on something so the eye goes in. So we ordered him his glasses through the eye center. I was told they have something to go around a childs head to keep them on. I haven't seen any but I was told so. I am picking up my son's glasses Monday morning so we will see. I am still in shock that an eye doctor can tell a 2 yr old needs glasses b/c of he or she being farsighted!!! Hope this helps.
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A.P. answers from Lakeland on November 15, 2007
My daughter has the same eye problems but she did not get diagnosed until age 4. I agree with Anna about the u-shaped ear pieces that will stay on better ana also about the flexon frames. Beware, some eye technicians will tell you that the flexon frames will actually break easier because the metal is thinner but I have found that it is not the case. My daughter is on her third pair and the flexons have been the best so far. good luck keeping them on.
M.S. answers from Ocala on November 16, 2007
My daughter was 3 when she got glasses. It broke my heart to see her with them on at such a young age. I told her that she needed to be very careful with them and to not hurt them. I told her to make sure that when she wanted to play with her brother that she needed to always put her glasses on the counter when she was playing. She did her best to try to remember what I told her to do. BUT there was several broken pairs of glasses that we have gone through. They are kids ((NOT ROBOTS)). They can not handle the big resonsablity, they are just to little.
All of you need to remember that he is a BOY and he is only two and he CAN NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE VALUE OF HIS GLASSES are.
He is only human and he will break them from time to time.
Do not be hard on him, if he breaks them.
I wish you all the best with this and be Thankful to the LORD that he only needs glasses and that he does not have anything serious like CANCER or anything else bad.
Glasses are Glasses and he will be fine.
God Bless and have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING.
L.C. answers from Tallahassee on November 21, 2007
My daughter was 18 months old when she started wearing glasses to correct for lazy eye. We were able to find frames that had wrap-around arms to them (they hooked behind her ears). Once we put them on her in the morning, she couldn't take them off! And they stayed-put when she played. If you can't find such frames, or if your child can still take them off, constant, gentle reminders to keep them on will work until he's old enough to understand they're necessary to help him see. We also had non-shattering lenses in the event they ended up in some kind of accident. Good luck!
B.G. answers from Ocala on November 17, 2007
well my daughter was 4 when she needed glasses but most ped eye dr should have the glasses to fit second they make straps that hug the back of the head and hold the glasses on and just reinforce they need to stay on. he will get used to them eventually just stay on top of him granma :) Another thing we learned from my daughter is often they will treat the stignatism and it throws their balance off our ped told us to tell the eye doc not to treat the stignatism just the vision the other will correct itself over time, it worked she wore her glasses more when her balance wasn't off than when it was the other way around.
K.M. answers from Jacksonville on November 16, 2007
I had a friend with the same problem with keeping glasses on her very active 2 yr. old son. She eventually found him a sport band that attaches to the arms of the frame and wraps around his head. Of course at first he did not want it on, so when ever he started tugging at the band she would distract him with a game or a song like the itsy-bitsy spider where he had to use his hands and eventually he would forget all about his glasses. Also, another trick is to make a game out of seeing how far he can see with them on like airplanes flying overhead. He is still too young to appreciate his glasses, but slowly and surely and hopefully someday he will . Good Luck!
S.R. answers from Orlando on November 16, 2007
My four year old son also wears glasses, we are new to the whole thing, he's been wearing them for about 4 months now. When we started out he thought they were cool, then he would hide them when I was not looking. It was a rough start. We started rewarding him for leaving them on for an hour & not touching them. Then we would make the duration longer, he does much better leaving them on now. He does still try to remove them and has to be reminded, but he no longer hides them. Finding something to make them happy to wear the glasses, to me anyway, is the key. My son actually wears them better if he gets to put them on, makes him think it is his idea instead of feeling like a punishment. My son also has a lazy eye & has to wear an eye patch for 7 hour of the day, we are still working at that one. So I hope all works out for your grandchild.