| TWO IN ONE
Hilco Kid’s Lens Care Kit
| ON THE BUS
Nanofilm Little Eyes Collection
| AT THE READY
CalCleaner towelette from California Accessories
| KNOW WHERE TO HOLD ‘EM
Kids need to know the importance of looking after their eyewear and their ECPs are the perfect teachers.
As ECPs, we sometimes forget that patients don’t know even simple eyewear information. For example, many patients don’t know how to clean their eyeglasses because their ECP hasn’t educated them about this important aspect of wearing spectacles (and sunwear). While you might assume patients would figure it out on their own, this isn’t a good strategy because they might not get it right. And kids are no exception to this because their experience as eyeglass wearers is the most limited. Here are some strategies to teach your young patients about the importance of protecting their eyewear.
KEEPING EYEWEAR SAFE
For starters, putting on and taking off their eyeglasses can be challenging for youngsters. Teach kids with their first pair that they should use two hands. In addition, demonstrate how the lens side should always be up when the eyeglasses are set on a table or desk to avoid scratches.
The floor or couch are not good spots to put eyeglasses on since they can get bent or lost in those places. The best solution is to always insert eyeglasses in their case when not in use. For younger patients, using a rhyme such as, “When the eyeglasses aren’t on your face, they live in the case,” can be a friendly reminder. Even tweens and teens should be instructed on this.
Occasionally a frustrated parent will state that their child can’t keep track of their eyeglasses because they leave them anywhere in the house. Some opticians recommend OptiPets eyeglass holders from OptiSource. These whimsical tabletop sculptures are lightweight, colorful, and designed to “wear” a pair of specs in designs like jungle animals and dinosaurs. Kids love these fun holders and will be more likely to put their eyeglasses away in this safe spot.
Frames should be washed weekly to remove oils that can damage the finish. Lenses should also be cleaned wet and never wiped with dry material because it can scratch them. One way to clean eyeglasses is with mild soap and water. Once they are cleaned, they can be wiped with a microfiber lens cloth like the Clean-All Premium selection from Ron’s Optical. These fun cloths are available in four colors and one in a rainbow spectrum, each snuggled into its own folding pouch. OptiSource also has some fun seasonal microfiber cleaning cloths with styles sporting a Christmas tree, a happy Jack o’ Lantern, and red hearts for Valentine’s Day.
Some children (and adults) prefer a liquid cleaner, especially when running water is not readily available. Hilco has a special Kid’s Lens Care Kit complete with a 1-oz. pump spray bottle cleaner and tangerine microfiber cloth in a handy reusable vinyl pouch. California Accessories’ popular CalClear spray cleans grease and smudges like a charm. The company also offers an alcohol- and fragrance-free spray cleaner perfect for those kids with sensitivities.
A handy cleaning option is a lens care towelette. Nanofilm gets an A+ on its Little Eyes Collection. The adorable cardboard yellow school bus with pop-out wheels houses lint-free moist towelettes, perfect for cleaning eyewear it also includes a spray bottle cleaner with a delightful crayon design on the bottle. The popular CalClear cleaner from California Accessories also comes in a handy moist towelette.
Education is a vital part of our job. Teaching kids to care for their eyeglasses is an important skill they’ll have for a lifetime.
Kim Pickett is a certified ophthalmic medical technologist and ophthalmic writer in Minneapolis, MN.
WHERE TO FIND IT:
California Accessories 800-523-5567 • calaccessories.com
Hilco 800-955-6544 • hilco.com
Nanofilm 800-883-6266 • nanofilmproducts.com
OptiSource International 800-678-4768 • 800-optisource.com
Ron’s Optical 800-247-7667 • ronsoptical.com