Glasses for Noah goes viral
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 glasses.

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 adjust?

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