By Heidi Hertel, Founder of Fitz Frames

This has felt like the most surreal extended period of time for many of us as parents. As you’re trying desperately to keep all of the hands clean in your household, here are a few things to help:

  1. It feels really good to rub your eyes!  I do this more than I realized and am constantly potentially infecting a key portal of the body with germs. One thing that has actually helped is wearing my glasses during the day. I tend to touch those instead – saving me from germs as I work on the computer, touch my car steering wheel, pick up my phone, credit card, etc.
  2. Therefore, I need to keep not only my lenses, but also my glasses (and my kids glasses) clean. I’m pretty good about keeping our lenses clean, but the frames? I can’t remember the last time I did that before this virus broke out. I have also noticed my kids (and a few adults) putting glasses into their mouths (which I highly discourage), so keeping them clean really is crucial. And for those that are switching back and forth from sunglasses to reading to bluelight etc., it can be easy to forget to continually clean all of these.
  3. Remember to use soap, water and a soft cloth when cleaning the glasses and lenses. This works better than paper towels, tissues, etc. which can scratch and damage lenses. Most glasses cleaning cloths can be thrown in the washing machine a few times and reused for months or, even years.
  4. Make sure you have a pair of back-up glasses. It is truly a nightmare for a child (or an adult) who needs prescription glasses to be without them. No one wants to run to multiple stores right now and it’s tough to force a pair of glasses on a kid just because they are available.
  5. We are all on a lot of screens, especially considering the current environment. It’s important to remember this increase in screen time adds additional stress on the eyes. Bluelight glasses filter out harmful emissions from screens and they can also protect sleep cycles – which we all really need right now. Studies are still being conducted on the effects of bluelight, but at a minimum, filters and breaks during the day are recommended by eye doctors.

About the Author:

Heidi Hertel is a mom of three and founder of Fitz Frames, revolutionizing the eyeglass experience for families. Fitz Frames specializes in customized 3D-printed glasses for kids including prescription, sunglasses and blue light lenses. Outfitted with snap fit hinges, enabling the arm portion to securely snap into place, eliminating the risk of loose screws and offering a solution to broken glasses. In under 5 minutes, get fitted with advanced facial mapping and life-like virtual try on, select from 6 styles and 8 colors and even emboss your child’s name (or favorite number) – all via your smartphone app and delivered directly to your doorstep. Fitz glasses are proudly designed and manufactured in the USA.