When your kid wears contact lenses, there are a few more things to consider as you prepare him or her for overnight camp away from home. Here, you'll find a few tips that can help your kid take care of his or her contact lenses while out camping.
Build a Contact Lens Care Kit
Head to your local Dollar Store and look for a small pencil box, a travel size bottle of contact lens solution, hand sanitizer, contact lens case, contact lens cleaner and rewetting drops and a roll of paper towels.
The pencil box should have a flat top so that the inside lid can be used as a work surface. When your kid opens the box, the top should lay flat. The contact lens case can be placed there as your kid works to get the lenses clean and ready to put in.
The hand sanitizer should be used before the contact lenses are handled. Make sure that your kid has access to fresh water to rinse his or her hands before handling the lenses after using the sanitizer. The hand sanitizer will burn his or her eyes if they don't rinse their hands well. Then, the paper towels can be used to dry the hands.
Include Extra Contacts and Glasses
You never know what can happen at an overnight camp. A contact lens can fall out, get torn or just dropped when they're put in.
Send a few extra lenses just to be sure, and don't forget the glasses. This is especially important if your kid has allergies. You know how hard it is to wear contact lenses when allergies are flaring up.
Contact and Emergency Information
Make sure that you've included all of the contact and emergency information for your son or daughter's pediatrician, dentist and eye doctor. Those who are caring for your child while he or she is away at camp will need to know who to call if something should happen.
Consider taping that contact information inside the pencil box with the contact lens supplies. This way, your son or daughter has direct access to the contact information just in case he or she needs it.
The most important thing when it comes to caring for contact lenses is keeping everything clean. If your son or daughter utilizes these tips, they will be better prepared to take care of their contact lenses even if they don't have the amenities to do so.