Correcting and Clarifying Your Vision: An Optometry Blog

So you have to get glasses, but you're just a kid…

by Troy Simmmons

Wearing glasses will be a little strange at first, but you will get used to it quickly.  In fact, wearing glasses doesn't make you anything other than lucky. Glasses with prescription lenses are almost like like a little miracle: they help to correct your vision so that you can see everything clearly.

Putting on prescription glasses

When you wear glasses, people will notice that there is something different about you. Don't let it worry you. Everyone is different in some way. Glasses are an obvious difference, but not one you should worry about.

Choosing a frame

When you get glasses, you will have to choose a frame. You are going to have to wear your glasses a lot, so you should choose a frame that you like and that suits you. You might want to choose one that looks like your mum's or dad's glasses. It's important that the frame must also fit your face properly. The assistants at the optometrist will guide you in this. A frame must sit comfortably on the bridge of your nose. Metal frames will usually fit better, because they have special nose pads that can be adjusted for your small nose.

The other part of a glasses frame that must fit you is called the legs – the straight pieces that fit over your ears. These are what really keep the glasses on your face. Some frames have legs that just sit on top of your ears; others have legs that curve down around your ear. These frames will stay on much better than ordinary ones. Your glasses need to stay on, even when you are running around and playing or doing sports. If you don't have to wear your glasses all the time, you shouldn't get frames with the wrap-around legs, because they are not so easy to put on and take off.

Think about how you play in the playground at school. You don't want to wear glasses that may break, so it will be better to ask your parents for glasses made of plastic or metal. These frames won't break if you get hit in the face by accident.

Contact lenses

Some people don't like the idea of wearing glasses, so they choose to have contact lenses. These are small, plastic lenses that fit right onto the eye and also correct vision, just like glasses do. Contact lenses are delicate and need to be looked after carefully. If you are younger than 12, the eye doctor may say that you should wait until you are a little older before you should get contact lenses.

Prescription lenses are helpful because they help you see the world clearly. You should make sure to choose ones you like and take care of them so they can help you see.