Teasing and glasses envy: New glasses wearers worry about peer pressure and teasing, but in my experience, this rarely happens in elementary school. Rather, I find that other students catch a bad case of glasses envy. They borrow the glasses of the “lucky” nearsighted students and wear their dad’s old geek glasses to school. They even buy glasses accessories in stores like Claire’s at the mall.
Destruction: Once kids have their glasses, they often destroy them the first week (or day) out. Glasses tend to cause headaches until the wearer is used to them, so kids set their glasses down anywhere. My family still talks about the first day I got glasses (in 3rd grade!) and for some reason I set my glasses on the floor. My big brother accidentally stepped on them.
Glasses that go missing: Students lose glasses all the time. Many students need glasses, but their eyes aren’t really bad yet, so they only use them for certain tasks. This means the student is always setting the glasses down somewhere. Consequently, glasses get left in the computer lab, lunchroom, gym, library, or school bus. If a child is missing glasses, send the student and a buddy to check the lost and found and whatever special you had the day they went missing. Then check the main office. Before you officially declare the glasses MIA, offer the whole class a chance to find them.
“Forgetting” to wear glasses: Some kids just don’t take to glasses, and they start “forgetting” to bring them to school (or home). Give it a shot and remind the child for a day or three, but I strongly recommend that you make no promises to the parents about reminding the child to wear his glasses. You don’t want the onus of a stubborn child’s glasses-avoidance issues on you.