If your teen has reached the age where appearance is important to them, they may no longer want to wear their glasses. Likewise, if your teen’s eye needs have changed, and they need to wear glasses for the first time, they may struggle with how these affect their image. Convincing your teen to wear their glasses is not only good for their eyesight but can also help them to reaffirm their own self-confidence, no matter what they wear.
Choose correct frames
While appearance may be important, there is no point in buying frames that will not fit your teen correctly. This can lead to loss or damage, as well as simply not suiting their face size or shape. Measuring your teen’s face and then knowing the correct frame size they will need should come before looking into the design. Once you have accurate measurements, your teen can then look into frames that can be made in this size, which can help to reduce disappointment. Setting a budget beforehand can also be a good way to stop them from asking for overly costly frames. By buying glasses that will fit correctly, and then regularly checking to see if they need adjustments, your teen may be more likely to wear them, especially if they are comfortable.
Educate them on eyesight
Eyesight problems could potentially be made worse through a refusal to wear glasses. Your teen may also find that they have other problems caused by their eyes. As an example, someone who has astigmatism (like I do) may find that, without their glasses, they end up suffering from severe, frequent headaches from eye strain. Their glasses would help reduce the amount of strain placed on the eyes, by giving much better focus. Teaching them about the issues they may face from not wearing glasses may cause some concern, but it is better for them to have knowledge of the potential consequences than to think everything will be alright.
Utilise the media
Although the media can have the potential to cause problems for your teen’s self-esteem, there are also ways you can use it to your advantage. By taking an interest in your teen’s favourite bands or movies, you may be able to pick out a number of bespectacled celebrities. When your teen looks up to a person, they may be more inclined to wear the same things they do, including glasses. In addition to this, by seeing these successful individuals wearing glasses, they may also end up associating glasses with success, which can then be translated back to their own education and personal success.
Your teen is likely past the age where reward charts or a small amount of bribery will get them to be compliant. Instead, you may get more results by treating them as mature, responsible individuals. Many teens want to be seen as grown-up so, by making it clear you will speak to them in this way, they may want to further prove that they are no longer a child, including by wearing their glasses.