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Eyediology Opticians London

79 Commercial Street, Spitalfields Market E1 6BD 020 7377 2020

Kid’s guide to glasses

This section is for kids.

(Parents may read this under the supervision of their children!)

Your optician may have told you that you have a problem with your eyes. They may also suggest that you get some glasses to wear. This can be a hard idea to get used to at first. You might worry that the other kids will tease you.

At Eyediology Opticians we see lots of children and most of them don’t need glasses. But we also have lots of children that should wear glasses but they don’t like wearing glasses and they “forget” to put them on. They think that people will tease them or they won’t be able to play games and sports. Some say they will look ugly.

As opticians that specialize in children’s eyecare we know lots of children who do wear glasses and they have gone through some of those feelings.

We are here to help and make sure if you need glasses they will help you see better and also look good.

What some of the things our young patients have said about wearing glasses:-

  • “Before glasses when I read all the words all jump about the page.”
  • “Without glasses everything was fuzzy.”
  • “All the people in my family wear glasses like me.”
  • “I wear glasses now but I’ll get contact lenses when I’m older.”

What some children said about being teased:-

  • “Some boys teased me but I just ignored them and they stopped.”
  • “When I first got my glasses I thought everyone was looking at me, but they weren’t really.”
  • “My brother teased me but I told granddad and he had a talk with him.”
  • “Nobody teased me. My family, teachers and friends all love my glasses. I love them too.”

If you have any problems with your glasses please talk to your parents so that they can contact us and we can try to help fix the problem.

Did you know?

Interesting facts about glasses and your eyes:-

  • It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open!
  • Babies’ eyes do not produce tears until they are six to eight weeks old.
  • Your eye blinks over 10,000,000 times a year
  • Just under two primary school children in every ten wear glasses and three out of ten secondary children wear glasses.
  • Lots of famous people wear glasses or contact lenses.
  • Most children who need glasses prefer to wear glasses because they help them to see well.
  • You may not need glasses for very long, or you could wear contact lenses when you grow up.
  • Everybody might need to wear glasses at some point in their lives. They help us to get a clear picture of our world
  • There are glasses which go darker in sunlight so that you don’t have to change into sunglasses when you go outside.
  • There are glasses which you can wear for sport, which are strong, lightweight and bendy.
  • There are lots of frames, some designed by famous fashion designers, so that you have plenty of choices to find exactly what you want.
  • Some people have special coloured glasses that might help with their reading if they have a reading problem called dyslexia.
  • According to manuscripts written in 1305 spectacles were invented in 1285
  • In 1495 Henry VIII had a helmet made with lenses built in so he could see whom he was fighting with.
  • The first English factory for making spectacle lenses was in 1700.

For more fun facts about your eyes look at our “Eye care myths explained” and “Optical illusions” pages!

TIPS for our younger patients that wear glasses?

  • Keep your glasses in a special place when you’re not wearing them so that you don’t lose them.
  • Keep them safe from younger children and pets.
  • Carry a glasses case so that you can protect them from being damaged.
  • Clean your glasses every day.
  • Look after your eyes and have them checked regularly. If you have any problems always tell your mum or dad, they can then take you to the optician if needed.

The small print:- We’ve collected this information to help you to understand important things about your eyes and being happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.

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We are optometrists specialising in eye tests, eye exams, contact lens aftercare and also offering NHS eye tests

Eyediology Opticians London in Spitalfields near Liverpool Street Broadgate and Aldgate East London

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