Tips for Your Child's New Glasses

February 27, 2020

Going through the process of the eye examination, getting a prescription from the doctor, browsing our site and finding the perfect frames, then purchasing and waiting for them to arrive is a lot, as it is. But once your child has their new glasses and they are fitted comfortably, your job as their parent isn't over. You will now need to make sure they are as careful with these expensive glasses as possible. It is a new responsibility for them to take on, and of course, you want them prepared. Here are some tips we have learned over the years to help you both.

Also, we tried to make the main tip name something simple you can both remember easily, or that you can reiterate to them when you find them not following the tips you have taught them. Hopefully over time, they will hear the phrase in their head all on their own.

If Not on Your Face, Then in the Case

Teach your child that any time they are taking their new frames off, they should be safely stored in the hard case that we distribute with each frame bought from our site. Whether it is bedtime and they will be off for hours, or play time where it might just be a half hour, or even just goofing around. No matter the reason, the extra step of putting their expensive and delicate frames in the protective case can make a world of difference.

No one intends for something to break their glasses. Unfortunately, simple accidents happen all too often. The case is there to be a buffer between the lenses and the chaos of the world. Maybe even have an extra case in their gym bag or one for them to keep in their locker. Always better to be safe than sorry.

Two Hands Are Better Than One

It is easy to get lax in how we put our glasses on and off. But for the best path to longevity for our frames, using two hands to put them on and off, as well as for folding or unfolding them, aids in keeping the frames from warping and bending over time. Seems quite simple, but it is an issue we see all the time. Uneven wear and tear can make the snug fit loosen over time.

However, if or when you do run into a bending of the frame arms, adjust the tips that are made to hug or rest back on the ears can help to restore a more comfortable, ideal fit.

Stay Away From the Spray

We all do things simply. Going to wash your face or shower, and you put your glasses close by for easy reach when you are finished. It is just quick and fast. But the splash and spray from water can, over time, make the lenses harder to keep clean. Rubbing them on a towel to get the spray or steam off can also be damaging, since towels are rougher than the recommended cleaning cloths.

Also, it can be risky to have the glasses perched on a sink edge or some other convenient spot. It is better to have a safe, designated area away from the sink or tub to place the glasses when washing or showering. A drawer can be ideal, or a case purchased just for bathroom use, perhaps. Simple steps for safety.

Keep It off of Your Head!

Try and remind your child to not simply push their glasses up onto their head or hat for simple tasks when they need to remove them. For one, it can warp the frame fit over time. But it is also dangerous for the glasses. It is very easy to forget them up there, and the next thing you know, they are falling - or flying -off.

And a fall from the top of their head to the ground can be enough to crack or smash the delicate lenses. A quick jerk of the head, and the frames can go soaring before there is even time to react and catch them. Once again, an extra step of caution can make all the difference.

Don't Despair, Grab the Spare!

It may seem like an extra purchase you don't want to make, but the precaution of being prepared with a spare pair of glasses in their prescription will be invaluable when the unforeseen occurs. As careful as we want to be, accidents happen. And this is true for children, as well as adults.

Kids are spontaneous and act before thinking many times. Add in new glasses that they are adjusting to, and this can prove a tricky combination. They might not mean to forget, but isn't that the whole point? Being prepared with spare frames tucked safely in a case in a drawer, and they have glasses to wear while their main pair are repaired or replaced. An extra purchase, but think of it as a sort of insurance, for time and aggravation, for you and your child. And this is especially true for younger children who take more time to learn these new responsibilities.

New Responsibilities Are Opportunities for Growth

These are all simple, common sense tips, for sure. But good to remember, and even better to use to teach your child the new responsibilities that come with their expensive glasses. As they get older and more adjusted to wearing and caring for them daily, you can also give them a little more leeway the next time you have to upgrade their lenses and choose frames that are even more stylish. Or maybe even move to contact lenses, if they can show they can care for their glasses.

Learning to care for their eye wear now will give them the foundation to always be prepared into their future and avoid, or learn from, the mistakes we all make. Live and learn. And remember, we are always here for help, or to shop for new or spare glasses to make sure these tips and tricks are easy to follow.