|EYES: Optician serves young customers
| “If you make the experience fun, kids will get excited about wearing glasses,” Crull said.
Crull and her husband, Eric, 38, operate the store them- selves. She works with pa- tients, while he handles the behind-the-scenes aspects of the business and home schools the children, Jacque- line, 10, Madison, 8, and Car- son, 5.
The Crull’s, who have been married for 11 years, live in Warrington Twp., York Coun- ty, and bring the children to the store each day. Eric teaches while Danielle works, and she teaches between patients.
“We transfer our home here. We all come here to-gether,” she said.
“We’re committed to kids. We love ours and everyone else’s. They’re the future,” Crull said with a smile.
“There’s nothing I’d rather do. I don’t want to be a doc-tor. I want to be an optician and be the best one I can be,” Crull said.
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|both children and their par- ents.
“When I see a patient, I’m not only going to address the need for glasses, but also in- struct parents on how to get their kids to wear them,” she said.
Hundreds of tiny eyeglass frames for young children are displayed on wall racks that are shaped like giant, brightly- colored crayons. Displays for bigger kids are more grown-up looking, with the idea that older children don’t want “baby” eyeglasses.
Frames feature themes like Disney, Barbie and Rugrats, too.
“I don’t have any dorky frames,” Crull said with a chuckle. “That way, I don’t have to worry about a parent picking out dorky frames for their child.”
The mother of three child-ren, Crull, 31, knows how kids can worry about looking “cool.” Children who don’t like their glasses won’t wear them, she noted.
“If your child can’t see, he can’t learn,” she said. “A child without proper vision lives in a world without promise or possibility.
|pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Carl Frankel in Harrisburg and York, knows how difficult fitting children for glasses can be.
“Kids are squirmy,” she said. “You have to be creative. You have to engage their trust. I play with them, have a good time.
“With kids, you can’t al- ways go by what they tell you. Most children will tell you their glasses feel fine. But you have to be observant. I look for signs of fit. It’s really play, but I’m looking for things. If the glasses are slipping down before they leave the office, there’s a problem.”
Crull also understands how kids can mangle their glasses through sports and hard use. She offers a 24-hour emergen-cy repair for any child’s frame at any time.
“That’s our commitment to them and their vision,” she said. “If they call me at 2 a.m. on the night before vacation, I know it’s important.”
Crull, better known as “Miss Danielle” to her young patients, knows that getting glasses can be stressful for