Your teen needs clear vision to succeed in school and pretty much any activity they engage in. And they’ll definitely need good vision before they’re allowed to drive. Yet your teens may be so afraid of the negative associations with eyeglasses that they’re reluctant to report vision problems like trouble reading or an inability to see the board. Here are a few tips on how to convince your teen to wear glasses.

Schedule Regular Eye Exams

If your child’s optometrist demonstrates why your child needs glasses, they may be willing to pick out glasses on their own. After all, if it eliminates headaches due to eye strain or is necessary for them to be allowed to drive, there’s no need to fight about it. Schedule regular vision checks, too, since your teen’s vision may continue to change. For example, if your child’s vision continues to worsen, they may not bother wearing the glasses because it isn’t of benefit.

Help Them Find Frames that Suit Them

Your children may be afraid to wear glasses because they think it will adversely affect their appearance. It is true that your eyeglass frames need to fit your face so that they don’t accentuate your features negatively. An optometrist can help your child identify which types of frames look good on them. Note which designs they like, so that you can shop for something similar online and get it at a lower price.

Go for High End Designer Frames

One way to get your teens to wear glasses is to promise that they can wear stylish frames instead of the cheap, clunky and ugly pairs they’re afraid you’d stick them with. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on designer frames. You can buy Calvin Klein glasses online for much less than you would pay at the store, and your kids will have a much wider selection of colors, styles and embellishments.

Do Your Research

Your kids can get an idea of what is in style by studying what their friends and celebrities they like are wearing. If they like a style they see a celebrity they love wearing, you can search for that online in the style that fits your child’s face and your budget. You can also enlist the help of your child’s friends. Let their friends help them determine which styles and colors look good on them. You obviously don’t want glasses that are slipping down their nose or rubbing against their eyelashes, but a friend could give them better advice on the aesthetics than you could.

Practice Positive Reinforcement

If your child refuses to buy glasses or wear them after they’ve been purchased, be patient and supportive instead of angry. On the flipside, if your child wears their glasses without being asked, praise them. This will encourage them and make them appreciate their glasses even more.


Teenagers have many options when it comes to eye wear, but refusing to wear glasses for vision correction is not one of them. You may need to try a variety of approaches until they find glasses they’re willing to wear.

Kelly Tate