A number of children suffer from vision disorders that require prescription eyeglasses in order to improve their visual acuity and obtain 20/20 vision. This includes refractive errors such as myopia or nearsightedness, hyperopia or farsightedness, and astigmatism. Despite the fact that a number of eyeglass stores offer eyeglass frames made from sturdy plastic materials and scratch-resistant lenses, there are a number of steps you can take on your own to help your child care for their eyeglasses.
Show Them How to Clean their Lenses
Teaching your child how to properly clean their eyeglasses will not only provide clearer, unobstructed vision but will also reduce the risk of damage to the lenses themselves, as certain chemicals can damage the integrity of the lens and alter the prescription. Show your child how to clean his or her lenses using a special cleansing solution designed especially for eyeglasses and drying them with a microfiber cloth. It is important to avoid drying your child’s eyeglasses with paper towels or other fabrics, as these can leave tiny scratches on the surface of the lenses.
Demonstrate Proper Removal Techniques
The way your child removes and handles his or her eyeglasses can loosen or change the shape of the frame. Help your child learn proper removal techniques by demonstrating with a pair of your own glasses or sunglasses. Using both hands, grip both of the side arms and pull your glasses straight off of your face rather than using one hand. This will show your child the proper way to remove glasses to prevent uneven wear.
Invest in a Sturdy Case
A good way to reduce the risk of scratches, broken frames, or cracked lenses is to invest in a sturdy eyewear case. This is especially important for children who tend to store their cases in their backpacks or lockers where it is more susceptible to damage.
Here at the Wize Eyes eyeglass store in Long Island, we offer a number of products and services including eyeglasses, eyeglass frames, contacts, eye exams, and eyeglasses adjustments. Get on the road to better vision by calling (516) 358-0040.