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Helping a Loved One Open Up to Wearing Eyeglasses

by Damion Wasylow 2 May 2017 09:26 AM

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Do you have a loved one who refuses to wear eyeglasses, no matter how desperately she needs them? Maybe she sees wearing glasses as a sign of aging, or thinks she won’t look good in glasses, or perhaps eyeglasses always remind her of that cranky teacher she had in third grade. Whatever the reason, here are a few ways you can help her lay those objections aside and embrace life with eyeglasses.

Remind her of all the things she’s missing.

The world is a really beautiful place, and your loved one is missing out on a lot of it. Poor vision may prevent her from seeing the details in her child’s smile or the subtle textures in a photo. In more extreme examples, she might not pick up on the change of a traffic light or the drop-off of a curb. Poor eyesight can hurt us in many ways. 

Show her photos of glasses-wearing celebs.

Some of the most beautiful, celebrated people in the world wear eyeglasses. Gather some photos of Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway, Zoe Saldana, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Justin Timberlake and other celebrities proudly rocking their cool eyeglasses. If that A-list isn’t too cool for glasses, maybe your loved one won’t be either. 

Compliment other people who wear glasses.

Look for opportunities to compliment eyeglass wearers in front of your friend. Don’t be fake, but if you legitimately like someone’s glasses, speak up. Go so far as to ask where she bought them. It might spark a story about the wonderful experience she had and how flattering all the compliments are. That may be enough to illustrate to your loved one just how great wearing glasses can be.

Convince her to schedule an eye exam.

It’s very possible your loved one will argue that her eyesight just isn’t bad enough to require eyeglasses yet. Make a deal – if she gets an eye exam and it turns out she doesn’t need glasses, you’ll buy lunch the next time you go out. A friendly wager (plus the opportunity to get you off her back) may be enough to instigate an eye appointment. Once she’s there, the staff will provide an unbiased exam, explain her vision needs and lay out her options.

When that time comes, we hope you will choose North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care. We offer comprehensive eye exams, and will gladly answer any questions you or your loved may have. Plus, our two Gainesville optical locations feature the area’s finest selection of stylish, designer eyeglass frames.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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