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5 Health Issues You Might Be Missing If You Skip Your Annual Eye Exam

If you don’t wear glasses or contacts, scheduling an appointment with your eye doctor might be low on your to-do list. But needing a new RX isn’t the only reason to visit the optometrist. Your eyes can reveal so much about your overall health, sometimes even before signs show up elsewhere! Read on to discover 5 things your OD knows about your health, just by looking into your eyes.

  1. Whether you have diabetes

Blurry vision might not simply mean you need corrective lenses– it could also point to type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar is a strain on blood vessels, and the disease can manifest in your eyes before anywhere else in your body. This is a serious one– diabetes can lead to blindness if left untreated.

  1. Signs of cancer

When a patient has breast or lung cancer spreading through other parts of the body, those cells can also often appear in and around the eyes. Eye doctors look out for abnormal lesions or masses/tumors within structures of the eye. In this case, patients may complain of blurry vision, eye pain, or seeing flashes or floaters.

  1. Your risk of heart attack
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    No matter what your eyes look like from the outside, your OD will get clues about your health on the inside.

High blood pressure can damage the vessels supplying blood to your retina, causing blurred vision, bleeding in the eye or even a complete loss of vision. This condition greatly increases the risk of heart attack. These retinal vessels are often the only places to see it without going through surgery or dye processes.

  1. Thyroid issues

When your thyroid gland is overactive, side effects can include blurry vision, dry eye, double vision, or eye pain. Sometimes these can be the only signs of a thyroid condition–again, it can show up in the eyes before you see any side effects in the rest of your body.

  1. Whether you may have an autoimmune condition

Dry eyes can be the first sign of a number of autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or multiple sclerosis. Good thing dry eye is easily detected during an eye exam.

Has a trip to the eye doctor moved up your list? It’s easy to schedule an exam, and get peace of mind about your vision and overall health. Whether or not you have perfect vision, click here to schedule yours today.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Are Contact Lenses Safe For Young Children?

Here’s a question we often get at our practice: ‘Is my child too young for contact lenses?’ This is an important question, and the answer may surprise you.

For children with myopia (nearsightedness), contact lenses can be a convenient method of vision correction. It allows kids to go about their day without having to worry about breaking or misplacing their glasses, and enables them to freely participate in sports and other physical activities.

Some children and young teens may ask their parents for contact lenses because they feel self-conscious wearing glasses. Contact lenses may even provide children with the confidence boost they need to come out of their shell. Moreover, these days, it is very popular for children to wear single-use one-day disposable soft contacts, since there is no cleaning or maintenance involved.

Some parents may deny their child’s request for contacts due to concerns about eye health and safety. There’s no reason to worry: contact lenses are just as safe for children as they are for anyone else.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we provide children, teens, and patients of all ages with a wide variety of contact lenses. If you’re concerned about the safety of contacts for your child, we’ll be happy to explain and explore ways to ensure maximum safety, optimal eye health and comfort. To learn more or to schedule a pediatric eye exam for contact lenses, contact us today.

What Are the Risks of Having My Child Wear Contact Lenses?

A study published in the January 2021 issue of The Journal of Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics found that kids aren’t at a higher risk of experiencing contact lens complications.

The study followed nearly 1000 children aged 8-16 over the course of 1.5-3 years to determine how contact lenses affected their eye health.

The results indicate that age doesn’t have an effect on contact lens safety. In fact, the researchers found that the risk of developing infections or other adverse reactions was less than 1% per year of wear — which is comparable to contact lens wearers of other ages.

But before you decide that contact lenses are right for your child, you may want to consider whether your child is ready to wear them. During his or her eye doctor’s appointment, the optometrist may ask about your child’s level of maturity, responsibility, and personal hygiene. Since many children are highly motivated to wear contacts, they tend to display real maturity in caring for their lenses. That said, in the initial stages, parents may need to play an active role, as their child gets used to inserting and removing the new contact lenses.

It’s important to note that just as with any other medical device, contact lenses are not risk-free. Anyone who wears contact lenses has a chance of developing eye infections or other complications with contact lenses. However, when worn and cared for according to your eye doctor’s instructions, contact lenses are low-risk and perfectly safe for children and teenagers.

So, go ahead and bring your child in for a contact lens consultation! We’ll help determine if your child is ready for contacts and answer any questions you or your child may have. To schedule your child’s contact lens fitting or eye exam, contact EYEcenter Optometric in Citrus Heights today.

Did You Know Your Eye Doctor Can Help Diagnose Parkinson’s?

Revolutionary RightEye Vision System is Now FDA-Approved to Detect Parkinson’s Disease

The diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease has always been based on the results of a range of neurological tests, and unfortunately, misdiagnosis is common. In fact, up to 60% of patients with Parkinson’s disease are misdiagnosed at least once, and up to one-third are misdiagnosed twice! Now, RightEye LLC, an award-winning company for healthcare technology, may be able to significantly improve the situation for patients.

The FDA’s Breakthrough Device Program recently granted RightEye LLC the first and only designation for a device that uses objective eye movement measurements to help evaluate for Parkinson’s disease. With this recognition, the availability of RightEye to eye doctors across the US is expected to increase dramatically. At EYEcenter Optometric, we are pleased to offer this progressive technology in our eye care offices in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, and Folsom, California .

What does the RightEYE Vision System check?

In October 2018, the FDA gave clearance to the use of RightEye for recording, viewing, and analyzing eye movements for the purpose of detecting visual tracking disorders in patients. The detailed data that eye doctors have been able to assess from this noninvasive, five-minute test has been extremely valuable for revealing eye mobility deficiencies – many of which can indicate certain oculomotor and neurological conditions. RightEye enables eye doctors to objectively measure the quality of a person’s eye movement. Vision therapy and visual training sessions can then be custom-designed for each patient.

How does RightEye help diagnose Parkinson’s disease?

Studies have shown that people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease generally have persistent ocular tremors. These tremors usually appear at a very early stage of the disease, way before other symptoms present clearly. By using eye-tracking technology to identify ocular tremors, the RightEye Vision System can help to diagnose Parkinston’s disease at the very beginning. Our eye doctors in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, and Folsom, California , are excited about the opportunity to play an important role in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

What other conditions can RightEye assess?

  • Identify binocular vision problems that can affect reading and learning
  • Provide baseline concussion tests
  • Monitor eye movements to detect vision and health issues
  • Monitor the effects of treatment and recovery
  • Enhance athletic performance by assessing vision strengths and weaknesses
  • Detect early signs of autism

RightEye at EYEcenter Optometric

RightEye’s eye-tracking tests give our EYEcenter Optometric optometrists a total, objective, and quantitative view of our patient’s visual health within minutes. The test results can be life-changing, and we’re proud to partner with RightEye in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, and Folsom, California !

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Helping Foster Teens See Their Future Clearly

A big part of EYEcenter culture and brand is looking for ways to give back to our community. We were fortunate to be given that opportunity in the form of a partnership with Dress 2 Soar, an organization that provides local teens with services to help them once they leave the foster care system. We are honored and blessed to share in the prosperity and uplifting of these youths and to be featured on the Dress 2 Soar Blog on 7/13/19:

For those that own or manage a local business, I bet you wonder how you can give back to your community in a way that changes, if not transforms lives.

For those who want to purchase products and services from local businesses, but do so with businesses that truly care about their community, it can be really difficult to find them.

We are surrounded by large corporate box stores and small business owners, all competing for your attention and money. More and more of us are becoming diligent in our research before we do business with someone. We want to make sure that they are trustworthy, honorable, and ethical. More often, we take referrals from those we trust to help speed us through life.

Many businesses do wonderful work for the community and the world. Some don’t. How do you find the ones that care for “the least of these” and love their community? Unless you can afford a billboard on the freeway, we are left hoping someone will tell us or we stumble across it in our life’s journey.

Can I be your guide on that journey for just a moment?


EYEcenter staff helping Koinonia Home for Teens with new frames

Let me introduce you to EYEcenter Optometric.

Dress 2 SOAR introduced EYEcenter to Koinonia Home for Teens in Loomis a few years ago when we saw a need for the teens to receive eye care services as part of our life skills and style training workshops. One of our volunteers and leaders, Chris Ortiz, reached out to EYEcenter as he knew the owner’s heart was to serve and help the community. Over the years, EYEcenter would come out to the school and provide vision screenings as well as access to the eyewear for styling. All of us saw a need for streamlining the process to ensure that all the teens that came into the Koinonia program, had access to great vision.

Starting in 2019, EYEcenter forged a wonderful partnership with Koinonia Home for Teens and created a process where each teen that comes into the program has access to eye care services

You might be thinking, “Hey, don’t the teens have access to healthcare while at Koinonia Home for Teens”?” The answer is YES. Every teen is cared for with all the medical care one deserves but there is a gap in our eye care industry when it comes to youth in foster care.

Government health insurance is the standard for these wonderful youth and for the most part, is a good experience for the teens. Standard medical services provided by large healthcare entities give the teens a professional and respectful experience, just like those of us on corporate health insurance. Eye care services, for the most part, don’t fit into that model. More and more Optometrists are not taking government health insurance due to the complexity of billing, patient regulations, and the excessively low reimbursement rates to the providers. For those reasons, the teens are left with very few choices for providers and the quality of the experience, unfortunately, has degraded as well.


Dr. Lee helping fit a Koinonia teen with new glasses.

In stepped EYEcenter Optometric. They saw the need to provide a fun, respectful, and enjoyable experience for the teens – providing them access to a high-end medical and retail experience.

Today, the teen “mom” or “dad”, which are the home leadership, reach out to EYEcenter when a new teen arrives and sets up an appointment for the teen to receive the eye exam. EYEcenter Optometric in Rocklin provides the same wonderful experience to the teen as they do for all of their regular patients.

Here’s the latest update from Eyecenter’s Ericka T – Assistant Manager

Rocklin has had about 8-10 total foster teens come in for eye exams within the past couple months. We have put in place a routine that seems to be working seamlessly! The foster moms will email me with a request for their teen to be seen for an eye exam, I get them on the books for an appointment and if any glasses are needed upon doctor requests, we have a great selection for the teen’s to choose from!

Earlier last week, one of the foster teens, Victoria, came in to pick up her glasses with her foster mom. Victoria was so happy and excited for her new glasses and was thankful that she was able to see so clearly now!

Here’s a local business that is transforming lives in our community, in a big way.

If you would like to learn more about EYEcenter Optometric, please visit their website here. If you would like to learn more about Koinonia Home for Teens, please visit their website here.

Want to learn a little more about vision challenges in our nation, please visit these websites.

Author- Tim Wickham, Program Director for Dress 2 SOAR.

Copied with permission, originally published here.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Fireworks Safety

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. EYEcenter joins the National Safety Council in advising everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home.

Consider the following facts:

  • In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents
  • Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires
  • Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children can receive severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet
  • Fireworks can cause chemical and thermal burns, corneal abrasions and retinal detachment — all of which can cause permanent eye damage and vision loss.

We know the fun is tempting. If you choose to light fireworks at home, we urge you to follow these safety measures to keep your family (end their eyes!) safe this 4th of July:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
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    If you choose to light fireworks at home, be sure to follow the recommended safety measures.

  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks
  • Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays – avoid buying

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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The Dark Side of Blue Light

How your devices are contributing to changes in your vision, and what you can do to help prevent it

Although it’s environmentally friendly, blue light can affect your vision in big ways. And with the digital lifestyles many of us are living, we may be paying a price for basking in all that light.

Because short-wavelength, high energy blue light scatters more easily than other visible light, it is not as easily focused. So when you’re looking at computer screens and other digital devices that emit significant amounts of blue light, this unfocused visual “noise” reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye strain, macular degeneration (which can lead to permanent vision loss), and other serious vision changes.

And while your eyes can block some types of harmful light naturally, they aren’t very adept at preventing blue light from entering the retina: Virtually all visible blue light passes through the cornea and lens and reaches the retina.

Although more research is needed to determine how much natural and man-made blue light is “too much blue light” for the retina, EYEcenter optometrists stress that the added blue light exposure from computer screens, smartphones and other digital devices might increase a person’s risk of macular degeneration later in life.shutterstock 203069269

Protect yourself from blue light

  • Reduce device use when possible! We know it won’t be realistic to do this all the time, but think twice about your device use throughout the day and reduce the strain on your eyes when you can
  • Ask your EYEcenter optician about special glare-reducing anti-reflective coatings on your eyewear to block blue light from both natural sunlight and digital devices
  • Avoid looking at bright screens beginning two to three hours before bed to avoid disruptions to your sleep
  • Blue light filters are available for smartphones, tablets, and computer screens and prevent significant amounts of blue light emitted from these devices from reaching your eyes without affecting the visibility of the display
  • Expose yourself to lots of bright light during the day, which will boost your ability to sleep at night, as well as your mood and alertness during daylight
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about blue light and computer vision syndrome
  • Call or click to schedule an appointment at EYEcenter–we’ll tell you about which type of vision correction and lens features best suit your needs for viewing your computer and other digital devices, and protecting your eyes from blue light

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

We have the latest styles and the best lenses for your favorite man!

Whether he’s an adventure seeker, a golfer or a BBQ griller, we can help you find eyewear that fits his personality!

SPORTY: If dad is all about sports, active shades are the players to bet on. Ask us about styles from Nike, Oakley and Maui Jim.

CLASSIC: You can’t go wrong with an icon: it will be an everlasting gift. Check our selection of John Varvatos, Ray-Ban and Dragon frames

SOPHISTICATED: His good taste deserves the best in eyewear design. Paul Smith, Lacoste and Look will suit his fancy

Whatever dad needs for driving, golfing or just enjoying the summer sunshine, we’ve got him (and you!) covered. Visit us today and we’ll help you pick the perfect gift.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences by giving each other helpful information and sharing their knowledge and advice. Use the hashtag #CataractAwarenessMonth on your social media channels to encourage and support others.

Did you know that over 24 million Americans have cataracts? More than 3.5 million Canadians are blind from cataracts, making it one of the most common – and serious – eye conditions today. our team of eye doctors treats cataract patients from all over Citrus Heights, California with the newest and most effective methods of eye care.

With millions of people living with the condition, it’s now more important than ever to bring awareness to this serious condition.

What Are Cataracts?

So what exactly are cataracts?

The lens of the eye is normally clear, which allows you to see things clearly and in sharp detail. Over time, the lens can become cloudy, causing blurry vision. It’s as if you’re looking through a dirty window and can’t really see what’s outside. This clouding of the lens is called a cataract, and it can affect one or both of your eyes.

What Causes Cataracts?

Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. The lens of your eye contains water and proteins. As you age, these proteins can clump together, and when that happens, the normally clear lens becomes cloudy.

Did you know that certain types of major eye surgeries and infections can trigger cataracts? Other issues that can lead to cataracts include congenital birth defects, eye injury, diseases, and even various kinds of medications. If you’re already developing cataracts, be careful when going outside. UV rays from the sun can make cataracts develop faster.

How Can I Lower My Risk of Cataracts?

Certain risk factors increase your chance of developing cataracts. These typically include:

  • Diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Family and medical history
  • Medications
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • UV ray exposure

To lower your risk, consider reducing your alcohol intake, quit smoking, start an exercise program, eat foods rich in vitamin A and C, and wear 100% UV blocking sunglasses.

Common Symptoms of Cataracts

If you have cataracts, you may experience some common symptoms like:

  • Blurry vision
  • Colors that used to be bright now appear dim
  • Double vision
  • Glare from natural sunlight or from artificial light, like light bulbs and lamps
  • Halos around lights
  • Night vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light

If you or a family member notice any of these signs, talk to our team of eye doctors right away. The sooner you seek treatment, the faster we can help you get back to clear vision.

Coping With Cataracts

If you’re experiencing vision problems from cataracts, there is hope. If you have a mild case, a combination of a different eyeglass prescription and better lighting in your home, office, or other environment can improve your vision. In more advanced cases, your optometrist will likely recommend cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear one.

Do I Need Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures today. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 2 million people undergo the procedure each year.

During the procedure, the doctor will gently remove the cataract from the eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (known as an IOL). Because it’s a common procedure, cataract surgery is usually performed in an outpatient clinic or in your eye doctor’s office. There is no need to stay in a hospital and you can usually resume your normal activities in just a few days.

If you’ve exhausted every other solution and still suffer from blurry vision from cataracts, surgery may be an option. Schedule a consultation online or call 916-727-6518 to book an eye doctor’s appointment at EYEcenter Optometric and together, we’ll determine if cataract surgery is right for you.

During this Cataract Awareness Month, share your stories and successes, and give your loved ones hope for a healthy and high quality of life.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Were You Told You Could Never Wear Contacts?

Specialty lenses for keratoconus and other corneal disorders

It used to be that people with keratoconus and other corneal irregularities were not able to wear contacts. Nowadays though, advanced materials and high-tech engineering have led to the development of contact lenses for almost every vision condition. A diverse range of specialty contacts for hard-to-fit patients are available, such as scleral lenses.

At EYEcenter Optometric, our optometrist specializes in fitting scleral lenses in Citrus Heights; if you are interested in learning more about scleral lenses and whether or not they can help you, contact us to book a consultation.

Scleral lenses explained

These contacts are rigid gas permeable lenses with an extra-wide diameter that vaults over your cornea and comes to rest on the whites of your eyes – the sclera. This type of fit creates a smoothly rounded optical surface to cover the irregular corneal surface. As a result, scleral lenses give clear and comfortable eyesight to people with an abnormal cornea.

Candidates for scleral lenses

  • Corneal disorders: Our optometrist typically recommends scleral lenses in our Citrus Heights eye care office for patients with keratoconus, corneal degenerations, corneal dystrophies, and corneal scarring.
  • Dry eye syndrome: In addition to the above eye conditions, we may also recommend scleral lenses for people who suffer from dry eye syndrome, chronic inflammatory conditions, and Sjorgen’s disease. That’s because scleral lenses bridge over the eye in a shape that leaves a gap, which fills with moist tears. This lubricating, therapeutic cushion can enhance visual comfort significantly.
  • High vision prescription: People who need very high lens powers that exceed the standard parameters of soft contact lenses can benefit from scleral lenses.
  • Legal blindness: Innovative scleral lenses can help sharpen eyesight for even the most severe corneal scarring that causes legal blindness. Our Citrus Heights eye doctor has helped many patients who were classified as legally blind to see sharp with scleral lenses.
  • Extreme astigmatism: People with severe astigmatism are often told that they cannot wear contacts. However, scleral lenses are a game-changer in this situation. The precise, custom-designed fit of rigid sclerals can correct astigmatism with outstanding results. We are experienced in providing vision correction for astigmatism at EYEcenter Optometric.

Fitting scleral lenses

During your contact lenses eye exam in Citrus Heights, we will use advanced corneal topography to map your cornea. These ultra-accurate measurements enable the manufacture of scleral lenses that are tailor-made for your eyes. Our office is equipped with the latest technology to ensure that you enjoy an efficient eye care experience and scleral lenses that fit perfectly.

Scleral lenses: insertion, removal, and care instructions

The first few times you insert your scleral lenses, you may find it complicated. But have no worries, our Citrus Heights optometrist will provide comprehensive training before you take your new specialty lenses home. After a short practice session with insertion and removal, you’ll be comfortable and confident. Keep in mind that scleral lenses are very durable, which makes handling them easy.

Caring for your scleral lenses is similar to caring for standard contact lenses. After you remove them from your eyes, you’ll need to clean and store them in the recommended disinfectant solution.

Cost of Scleral Lenses

In comparison to regular gas permeable lenses, scleral lenses can be costlier. However, when you compare the price of scleral lenses to a year’s supply of soft lenses, the difference isn’t substantial. And once you experience their enhanced comfort and crisper visual clarity first-hand, the cost of scleral lenses will become even less of an issue.

Our Citrus Heights eye doctors provide expert fittings for scleral lenses; contact us to find out if these specialty lenses for hard-to-fit vision conditions can help you!

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge.

our team of eye doctors treats patients from all over Citrus Heights, California with their vision correction needs. The knowledgeable, caring staff at EYEcenter Optometric can help you and your kids if they’re struggling with their glasses or don’t want to wear them.

Why Won’t My Child Wear His or Her Glasses?

To help your children get the best vision possible, you first need to understand why they’re fighting with you over their glasses. It usually stems from something physical, emotional, or social, such as:

  • Wrong fit
  • Wrong prescription
  • Personal style
  • Reactions from friends

How do you know which it is? Pay close attention to the signs, from what your kids say, to how they behave, to how they interact with others.


Improper fit is a big reason why glasses could feel uncomfortable. If they slip down, itch behind the ears, or put pressure on the bridge of the nose, it can explain why a child wouldn’t like to wear them.

If there’s been a big change to their prescription, they may need time to get used to it. If they were given the wrong prescription, they may be straining their eyes, getting headaches, or having eye fatigue. An incorrect prescription can make wearing glasses painful or awkward. It doesn’t correct their vision, either, so they’ll still see blurry images. When this happens, your eye doctor can check the prescription and make an adjustment.


Your kids at home aren’t the same as your kids in school, on the sports field, or with their friends. They may be afraid of being made fun of in school, or they may not want the sudden attention on their appearance. These feelings can be even stronger among the tween and teen set.


Even young kids can feel different when they put on a pair of glasses, especially if it’s for the first time. Feeling different or weird, in their eyes, translates to a negative experience. When wearing glasses makes them feel like the odd man out, they may not want to wear them. The last thing your child wants is to feel like a social outcast. After all, everyone wants to belong.

How We Can Help

First, bring your child in to the eye doctor for an eye exam. Our optometrist, our team of eye doctors, will check to make sure that your child has the right prescription and that any vision problems are being corrected. Next, we’ll take a look at the glasses and place them on your child’s face to determine if they’ve got the proper fit. Our optician will take care of any adjustments that need to be made.

The Vision They Need, The Style They Want

Fashion isn’t only for adults. Your budding fashionista or trendy young stud wants to look awesome, so don’t forget about style. When your kids look great, they’ll feel great! Give them the top-quality eyewear they need without compromising on style. Your kids are a lot more likely to wear glasses when they like the way they look.

What You Can Do to Help

Encourage, stay positive, and don’t give up. Avoid telling them what you want them to wear. Let them choose for themselves. In the end, they’re the ones wearing the glasses. Making decisions is an important life skill, something they’ll need as they grow up and become more independent.

For younger children, use positive words to encourage them. Talk about how glasses are like magic, letting them see beautiful things around them. Show them how a pretty flower or a bright red truck looks with the glasses on, and how different it looks with the glasses off. For older kids, throw in a little pop culture. Tell them how trendy they’ll look by showing them pictures of celebrities who also wear glasses. You’ll also rack up some cool parent points.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we have the experience and unique approach to children’s eyewear that will make your kids want to wear their glasses. Schedule an eye exam today – you can book an appointment online right here. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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