For a young child, going to an unfamiliar place can seem quite daunting. Reassure your child that it won't hurt. If you have a young child, try playing 'opticians' at home before you go. This will help your child understand what the optician will do and it might make this more appealing and fun.
Join your child in the examination room to ensure they feel relaxed. Ask the optician to show your child the instruments and explain what they do. Try on a couple of pairs of spectacles with your child, so they see there's nothing to be worried about.
Encourage your child to:
• Make sure they only use their special cloth to keep their spectacles clean, as tissue or other materials could scratch the surface. It is also best to ask them to wet the lenses before rubbing them.
• Ensure that they take their spectacles off carefully using two hands. This stops the sides from getting bent out of shape.
• Never put the spectacles face down as this could scratch the surface, and always store them in their case.
The easiest and most gentle way to clean your spectacles is with some washing up liquid under lukewarm, running water. Afterwards rub them dry with a clean, soft, cotton cloth. Microfiber cloths, which can be obtained from your optician, are suitable for clear vision when you are travelling.
Purchasing a pair of spectacles is a long term investment. Unfortunately improper care can cause damage to your lenses and may result in unwanted scratches & blurriness.