Child care and glasses
One of my biggest worries when Zoe got her glasses was how she would do with her glasses when she was at daycare. While they’ve always been wonderful with Zoe, I was sure that they would not be interested in spending all day fighting with her to get her to keep her glasses on. When we first got Zoe’s glasses, I asked my source for glasses advice (the lady at the glasses shop) if she had any advice for me to pass along to her daycare providers. The woman just told me that her teachers would have to figure something out. That was the one time I got completely unhelpful advice from that shop. I also hoped that since I was home with her the first week she had her glasses, that she’d be a spectacle-wearing pro when she went back to daycare. Alas, it was not to be. There were days, those first weeks, when they weren’t able to get her to wear her glasses, and we’d find them sitting in her cubby when we picked her up at the end of the day. Luckily, she started wearing them reliably within a few weeks, so that part didn’t last long. Still, knowing that she and her glasses were out of my control added stress to an already stressful time.
Whether or not your child is in daycare, there will be times when they’re being watched by someone who is likely less familiar with young kids in glasses than you are. Here’s a few tips:
Information for your child care provider about your child’s glasses:
When should your child be wearing his or her glasses? Or maybe it would be easier to tell them when the glasses are allowed to come off (for example: nap, bath time, face washing).
- What do you want them to do when your child takes off their glasses? This includes what to do with the glasses during nap time, or other times when your child should not be wearing glasses, but also, how should they handle your child not wanting to wear their glasses.
- Make sure they understand how vital wearing glasses is to your child’s visual development. Since a lot of farsighted kids can function very well with glasses, it’s easy for someone to think they don’t need their glasses.
- Make sure they know how to help your child take off and put on glasses (using both hands).
- Ask them to keep an eye out for dirty lenses and make sure they know how to clean the glasses without scratching the lenses.
- Are there any activities your child should not be doing because of their vision? Or any activities that might be particularly difficult? Make sure they know about it and talk with them about ways to help your child during those activities.
- If your child patches, how long should they patch, when, and what should they do with the patch when your child is done? In this case, you should also keep them up to date on how well your child can see when patching. There may be some activities that are too frustrating, especially in the beginning with patching.
- If your child wears contacts, you should provide similar information about when and how they should be removed.
- Are there any things having to do with your child’s vision that you want them to watch out for (for example: eyes not straight, squinting, looking over the glasses)?
- Make sure they have contact information for your child’s eye doctor, and under what circumstances should they be contacted.
- If something does happen to the glasses (or contacts), what do you want them to do with the wreckage.
Things to provide (or to make sure your child care provider knows where they are):
- Glasses case.
- Glasses cleaning cloth and cleaning spray.
- Prescription sunglasses or clip on sunglasses if necessary. Same with sports or swimming goggles if they’ll be needed.
- Extra patches, if they’re patching.
- Contact cases and solution if they wear contacts.
Am I missing anything? (Update: Thanks for the great suggestions! I’ve been adding them to the list as I get a chance)