NEW YORK, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wearing glasses as a kid can be tough. With that in mind, GlassesUSA.com, the leading online retailer for prescription eyewear, recently teamed up with Amanda Thompson, PhD, a pediatric psychologist in Washington, D.C., on an initiative to provide tips for parents to help young kids adjust to wearing glasses for the first time. Along with new product offerings for kids online, GlassesUSA.com now delivers a resource guide to help this new experience become a positive one for the whole family.
"Founded on the simple belief that buying glasses shouldn't break the bank, GlassesUSA.com understands the importance of offering affordable eyewear for the entire family," said Daniel Rothman, CEO of GlassesUSA.com. "When it came to kids glasses, we decided to go a step further by giving them, and their parents, the tools to make the transition to wearing glasses a seamless, and easy one."
"Most children just want to fit in and not stand out from their peers," explained Dr. Thompson. "Anything that makes them feel different, including something as minor as needing to wear glasses, may impact a young child's confidence."
Studies show that, today, more and more kids need glasses at a younger age due to increased use of electronic devices with screens that can cause eye strain at a faster rate than that of the previous generation. To soften this transition to wearing glasses, Dr. Thompson shares these tips for parents:
1) Normalize the experience of wearing glasses.
Helping children to see glasses as common and "normal" is a great way to make them feel less "different." Read books about characters that wear glasses. Point out people in their life who wear glasses—a classmate, a favorite teacher, their baseball coach.
2) Involve children in picking out and customizing their glasses.
Let them try on different colors and shapes and have a say in picking their favorite. This helps give them a sense of control and feel more connected to and invested in their new accessory. Glasses become something special to show off, rather than something to keep hidden in their backpack.
3) Providing lots of positive attention and specific praise for wearing glasses.
Plain and simple: kids respond to positive attention. Providing praise for wearing glasses encourages them to keep at it! Be specific and tell them, "I love when you wear your glasses. You look so smart!" Or, "I'm so glad you are wearing your glasses to do your homework. I'm really proud of you."
4) Dealing with teasing if it occurs.
If your child tells you they are being teased, praise them for letting you know (it can be hard), calmly listen, and validate their feelings. Communicate that teasing is unfair, unkind, and hurtful, and then talk about some ways to deal with teasing if it happens again. Role-playing can be a helpful practice.
To drive excitement for their new glasses, GlassesUSA.com includes a note card in each package for kids with fun factoids and phrases about prescription glasses. As with all of the brand's eyewear offerings, GlassesUSA.com will offer free shipping and returns, 5-7 day shipping, and 24-hour customer service, seven days a week.
To learn more, please visit www.GlassesUSA.com.
Founded in 2008, GlassesUSA.com is the leading online retailer for prescription eyewear. Offering a variety of high-quality designer and in-house brands in a wide-range of styles – single vision glasses, multifocals, sunglasses, kids glasses, sports glasses, safety glasses, computer glasses, contact lenses, lenses for Snapchat Spectacles and more – GlassesUSA.com was built on the belief that purchasing eyewear shouldn't break the bank. On a mission to change the way consumers purchase eyewear, GlassesUSA.com is the smart way to buy glasses and has been recognized by Internet Retailer as a "Top-500 E-Retailer" five years in a row. For more information, please visit www.GlassesUSA.com, www.facebook.com/GlassesUSA, www.youtube.com/ GlassesUSA and www.instagram.com/glassesusa.
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