Noah’s parents helped him get used to his new glasses in a unique way.
4-year-old Noah has had to go through the challenge of
adjusting to wearing glasses. When you’re little, it can be hard to get used to
the feel and appearance of specs. He was very apprehensive about them and,
according to his parents, thought everyone would laugh at him. And that’s why
they did something amazing and unique to help him: They created the Facebook
page “Glasses for Noah”. What happened next was sweet, encouraging and revealed
some of the best characteristics of strangers on the internet.
It was a simple request: Noah’s parents asked people to send
in pictures of them wearing glasses to show that people who wear glasses can be
awesome too! The page has turned up a remarkable 43000 fans and has countless
funny, serious, cute, wacky and friendly pictures of people wearing their
Noah’s mom and dad say he sees every picture.
Removing the spectacles stigma
It can be a huge step for a child having to wear glasses.
Since children often pick up on any differences to identify other kids, a child
may not want to be identified as “the one with glasses.” Even worse, some kids
may be cruel, intentionally or unintentionally, using nicknames such as “four
eyes” or “nerd”.
Glasses are obviously worn to help a child see better and
can’t be abandoned if the child is just self-conscious about them.
Unfortunately, a child isn’t generally eligible for corrective laser surgery apart
from in some extreme cases. Some children are suitable for contact lenses (as
long as the child is responsible enough to follow the instructions for the use
and daily care and is mature enough to tolerate them, according to WebMD) however
it’s more common for an eye doctor to recommend glasses to a child.
All the better to see you with
Fortunately there are always characters on TV or in the
movies who wear glasses, and these are more likely to be cool compared with
decades ago when the character with glasses was portrayed as bookish or nerdy.
The other issue parents of kids who wear glasses will
discover is that it’s always best to have a back-up pair: Kids will sit in
them, lose them or find inventive ways to break them. As many kids are very
active, glasses just don’t last as long for kids as they do for adults.
If your child has to wear glasses, consider ways of
encouraging your child, and do make sure that he or she is not being victimised
at school. You can also speak to your child’s teacher to make sure that the
class is sensitive to this if it becomes a problem.
Why not send your cool glasses snaps to Glasses for Noah?
Does your child have to wear glasses? How did he or she