Welcome! It can be very hard to learn that your young child needs glasses. I remember being overwhelmed and worried when I learned that my daughter Zoe would need glasses at a year old. When I didn't find much online, I started the website Little Four Eyes to be a place where parents could share information and tips and support. But beyond just trying to figure all out all that went along with glasses, I wanted a book about glasses that Zoe might enjoy. I found very little. There's some great books out there for kids in glasses, but most involve situations that babies and young toddlers just aren't likely to encounter, like being at school, or having kids tease you. I really wanted to find a book that was simple and positive.
Inspiration for Glasses came after hearing from so many parents that their child loved looking at the For Little Eyes photo gallery and in fact, many kids were more willing to wear their glasses after seeing other kids their age in glasses.
Glasses has a simple rhyming text that celebrates glasses in a young child's life.
Scroll down for some resources that I found helpful!
The book is now available! Click on Order the Book at the top of this page.
"Look, Mommy, they all have glasses like me!" - M, age 3.
"Thank you for making a book that encourages my daughter to wear her glasses!"
"He was beyond thrilled to see all the 'babies' in 'sasses'. "
Below are resources for parents or care givers of young children who need glasses.
For Little Eyes - written and maintained by Ann Zawistoski, librarian and author of "Glasses." The site is a community for families with young children with eye glasses, eye patches, contacts, and other vision issues. There is a photo gallery, lists of resources and books, along with stories, and tips for parents.
A Child’s Eyes: Children and Glasses - a fantastic page written by a Master-certified optician who specializes in fitting and dispensing children’s glasses. This page has links to tips on getting children to wear glasses, explanations of the types of frames and types of lenses, and information on how to know if your child’s glasses fit correctly.
Children’s Vision: What Parents Need to Know – a collection of information from All About Vision that covers a whole range of topics on children’s vision. All About Vision is owned by Access Media Group and the pages are written by journalists with experience in eye care. Health related articles are approved by one or more eye doctors on their Advisory Board.
Your Baby’s Eyes – an overview of vision in infants, how vision is tested and assessed, and common problems. From the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Common Eye Problems in Children - from the Prevent Blindness America website. Brief explanations of some of the more common vision problems for children.
Glossary of parts of glasses – all the terms for glasses parts (including lenses).
Glossary of eye and vision conditions – from the American Optometric Association. It has short, easy to read definitions, and many terms have links to longer explanations.
WonderBaby - a wonderful site for parents of children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities. Funded by the Perkins School for the Blind. Full of articles and links to more resources.
Eye Power Kid's Wear - this is a great company that makes shirts and other fun accessories for young children in glasses, contacts, and eye patches.