open thread on glasses

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There have been quite a few questions in the comments recently asking about what frames people have for their children and whether they like them – and possibly more importantly, if their children like them.

So, comment away.ย  What frames have you owned for your kid(s) – do you like them – did they last long – did your child seem comfortable?

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100 responses to “open thread on glasses

  1. I’ll start. Zoe’s first frames were Grant frames, which is from an Italian company. They were metal frames – quite bendable, which was great, because they bent rather than snapped, and they could be repaired, but it meant they bent a lot and we had to take them in for adjustments a lot. A lot, a lot. They lasted a year and 2 weeks before the temple snapped. She seemed very comfortable in them and I loved how they looked.

    Her new red frames are La Font. Her blue pair are Ronit Furst. Both are plastic. So far she seems comfortable and they haven’t needed much adjustment, but she’s only had them for 2 1/2 weeks (really? seems like so much longer).

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      • There are prescription swim goggles as well as prescription sports goggles that I think might be worth investigating. The swim goggles in particular tend to be relatively inexpensive, and the sports goggles will provide eye protection, which is important in sports.

        Best of luck!

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  2. Maddie’s first frames were Solobambini which she got at 7 months. We ordered them online direct from the company and had great service from the owner. They are flexible plastic with no hinges and indestructible. They stay on by a soft cloth strap that goes around the head. They have been great (we bought a back up pair for when we send in the glasses to switch out the prescriptions). I highly recommend this frame for babies and young toddlers that are rough on frames. Now that Maddie is approaching 2 yrs old, I would like a more grown up frame for her without a head strap. I really hope a lot of people comment on this post and am looking forward to hearing about which frames have worked well and which have not.

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    • My daughter got her first pair of glasses at 18 months. She is now 4 yrs old. She has been wearing Solobambini.com the entire time. I HIGHLY recommend these glasses. They are virtually indestructable and have any color you could possibly want. Their customer service is exceptional as well. I am now looking for new glasses for her (as the 2 pair of solobambini are growing too small for her face) I am moving away from this brand as they really specialize in baby glasses (which we have received so many compliments on her glasses!) I wish they made these in a bigger size!

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  3. N’s first and only are Disney metallic frames with cable temples. They are somewhat unyielding when it comes to the inevitable faceplant, though overall have held up well. ~frames and the boy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Easily adjusted at home…spring hinges at the temples…so they give when pulled upon.

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  4. My best friend just got her little girl glasses from Solo Bambini. She said they had a great warranty policy, which is good since her little girl is not gentle on anything!

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  5. Aubrie’s first frames at 20 months were also a purple sparkly Disney pair. We went through 3 sets of frames in the first year. Luckily our eye glasses store gives you a free 1 year warranty so they replaced them every time at no charge!

    Our second set of glasses at 32 months is Safilo. They are purple with gold inside. Purple is an absolute must for Aubrie! So far we are on our 2nd frames since July.

    She’s pretty rough on her glasses and tends to have the arms snapped off! I wish I had a count on the nose pieces we have replaced. She used to chew them off constantly. I believe we went to the eye glasses shop once a month minimum the first year for new nose pieces & adjustments!

    Biggest advice – get a warranty! You’ll use it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Teagan is on her second pair (and third set of lenses) of Pink Disney brand glasses. She first got them when she was 18 months and both frames are still functional and in very good shape. She has the cable ear pieces and the normal nose pads. We tried the bridge nose piece but it would break twice a week… literally! They are very cute but I am looking forward to having more options for her.

    She just turned 3 and last time we were at the optical store we tried some of the smaller kids frames and we’re getting close to having them fit. I do worry that the plastic, more grown-up looking frames will not have the ear cables. I wonder how she will adjust when we get there.

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  7. CAn anyone tell me where I can get the bridge nose piece? My daughter is fourteen months old and her glasses tend to slide down her nose. I think one of these bridges would be fantastic. I am in Australia though and have not seen them. I wonder if there is a company who makes them?
    Many thanks Ingrid
    BTW – my daugher has gorgeous little metal frames with spring loaded arms which has been a god send, becasue she literally rips them off! The lenses have taken a bit of a hammering and have a few scratches now so will have to replace soon. The ear pieces that wrap behind the ears are fantastic too. I must admit I do prefer them to having to wear a band around her head. She would probably want to rip them off with a band on. I am looking forward to getting some funky glasses for her as she gets older, there are so many gorgeous ones!!

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  8. I have two daughters with accomodative esotropia 4.5 and 2.5. The oldest has been in glasses for two years and has been through 4 pairs. A blue plastic ray ban pair from lenscrafters was our favorite but we lost them. A second wire pair lens code basic was okay but she eventually broke the nose piece completely off. Once my second child was in glasses I started going for cheaper frames. A cheap wire pair from a military exchange was okay but the nosepads never seemed to stay fitted properly. Later a more expensive wire pair were much better from a local optometery store. They actually put the lenses from the code lenscrafters ones in those frames for me.
    Having two pairs of glasses for each child is easier in the end. This way at least you can always find a pair and have a pair when they are being repaired. My second daughter started wearing glasses at 16 months. We bought two pairs of expensive pink t-flex glasses with ear cables from a military exchange. Both sets took extensive abuse and I believe the lenses were replaced in each pair at least 3 times. They were great glasses but all in all only lasted a year before they were stretched beyond repair. We also had issues with keeping the ear cables on the glasses.
    She later went through two plastic pairs from walmart in about two months. So after 8 pairs of glasses I would say that they prefer plastic frames since there are no nosepads. If you buy a nicer set with the plastic front and the metal arms they seem to be more durable. The 2.5 just got a new pair of plastic ones Occhi from lenscrafters about 2 weeks ago. We found out at our PO appointment that she had been walking around in her sister’s script for about 3 months. I had sent them in for repair and they filled them incorrectly. I could not wait 7 to 10 days for a new pair so we went to a lenscrafters and got them in an hour. They each just got two new pairs and so far so good.

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  9. RHM, I am pretty much in awe of all you have gone through with 2 young kids in glasses! Did you notice at all that it was easier for your second daughter to accept the glasses because her older sister already wore glasses?

    I had to laugh at the story of your younger running around with her sister’s prescription.

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  10. My almost 4.5 year old son has had his glasses since he was three. He has swissflex and have had the lenses replaced once (under warranty) and a few adjustments with the bridge piece. The glasses are super lightweight and flexible; they don’t have cables or headband, just a bendy part that goes partway around his ear. So far we’ve really liked them but if he starts doing more sports, I think we’ll look into some sports goggles like recspecs.

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    • Heather, I know it’s been eons since you posted this so I am not sure you will get this. I am trying to find a retailer that sells Swissflex for babies. Where did you get yours?

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    • Heather, I know it’s been eons since you posted this so I am not even sure you will get this but I am trying to find Swissflex for babies and have not been able to find a retailer in the U.S. Where did you get yours?

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  11. From 7 months to about 18 months, my daughter’s glasses were made by Miraflex. We loved these glasses as they fit well on her small face and didn’t have any metal parts. The plastic frames were flexible and cute (pink!) on a small child. We never had to take these glasses in for repair.

    From 18 months to now (22 months), my daughter’s glasses are made by Eschenbach Optik (their oio kids eyewear line). Her model is 830001 in the rose brown / green color. The glasses have a nose bridge and cable temples (goes around the ear). We made the switch because the shape and material of these glasses worked better with her bifocal prescription. The frames are also very flexible. So far, there is only a small scratch on one lens. And, we just had to replace the nose pieces (not the bridge) once. She seems to leave her glasses alone and doesn’t try to pull them off so I assume they are comfortable for her.

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  12. I’ve heard good things about swissflex. Motherhoodandpotatoes – what kind of lens did you buy? Elly is in a pair by HushPuppies – we had no choice at the office that took our eye insurance. Her face is so small though that they had trouble finding cables with long enough temples. The standard little pair comes with a 125mm temple and she is in a 135mm. It has been 2 months and the cable temple plastic is pealing off. THey also do not hold their shape well and need to be brought in often to be re-bent. Since the style is discontinued, I think they are replacing our whole frames with a Disney brand 187cc http://www.coolframes.com/?fid=12780 that has cables. I’ll update next week if we actually get them??? We purchased the shatter resistant lense, but they are definately not scratch resistant. I do like that the shatter resistant lenses ward off the UV rays without the extra film (so I’m told)

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  13. The 16 month old did not care that her older sister had glasses she wanted nothing to do with them. It took about 6 months to get her to keep them on. Our PO finally lowered her script to get her to wear them.
    Now she wants her glasses on all the time. She still has a tantrum every now and then and off they come.
    I guess my best story is the day she threw them off outside right behind my van. We were running late and I buckled her in the car seat and ran back in the house to get her younger sister. We were going to get my oldest from preschool. I completely forgot the glasses were on the ground backed out of the garage and went to preschool. On my way there it hit me that I probably just backed over a $250 pair of glasses. These were the expensive t-flex ones. My next thought was would the warranty cover that? Lo and behold when I pulled back in the driveway there they were in one piece. Somehow I had missed them.

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  14. thanks melissa, i am with you. sadie is 16 months old and has a small face. she has been in the same cute pink pair of miraflex frames since 4 months old. she has lots of hair now and i am tired of the small strap around the back of her head, it is breaking her hair off!! we do not have alot of optical shops around where we live, so i have spent endless hours searching for them on websites. i need something small!!! have not had ant luck yet. thanks for the help!!

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  15. amomofelly – I just saw your question to me. Sorry for the late response. I am not sure what type of lens my daughter has. Do you mean what type of material?

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  16. Well we have just got Paris (15 months) a new pair of frames and lenses as the original script had changed slightly and the original metal frames which are lovely were falling down her nose all the time. We got her some lovely rose pink plastic frames with ear cables and they are a much better fit. She does not look over the top and the all in one plastic nose bridge is much better. However, I just want to say that the prices they charge for little ones glasses and frames is disgusting! I mean really, I paid $450 for the latest pair. The lenses alone were A$230 and the frames $220. I look at these tiny tiny glasses, a bit of plastic and think it is disgraceful that they charge what they do and get away with it becasue they know you have to have them. Of course, when it comes to my daughter’s eyes I will pay whatever it takes for her to have the best but my husband has a friend who was a rep for glasses and he knows that they sell to the shops for a tiny fraction of what they charge, the mark up is huge!! I just get angry at the fact that they are so overpriced when they could sell them for a lot lot less. Anyway, there is my two cents worth!!

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    • Hi Ingrid…the costs can be quite high. I’ve had some success looking online…as well as shopping around my area. I’ve visited numerous opticians/-trists…and though most didnt carry the exact frames I was looking for, I found that they could search their catalogs and other resources. In some instances the price differential was quite significant.

      We averaged $280 or more on the first couple frames/lenses….after a long hunt..found a place that came in at $180…..and that’s with a high Rx..in the end they produced a better product….better cut..slimmer profile and better service than where we started.

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  18. I am curious to know how to keep Penny’s glasses up. They constantly slide down her nose, and at 3 months old it’s not a very big nose! They are Disney Pooh frames (plastic without nosepads). If anyone can recommend anything, that would be great. Thanks!

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  19. Hi, I am actually having the same problem. Ryan is almost 2 and has only had his glasses for about a week. They keep sliding down his nose and now he is getting used to looking over the top of them. I think I am going to bring them to get adjusted today and see if they can suggest anything. I don’t want him to get used to looking over them like that. (plus they aren’t doing any good!) I’ll let you know what they say, let me know if you figure anything out also! Good Luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. We had the same problem and it was actually the arms of the glasses that were pushing the glasses down her nose. We noticed that every time she was in an inclined or laying position her glasses would push forward and kept sliding down her nose. If you place a folded up blanket behind your daughter’s back so her body and head is slightly pushed forward this might help.

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  21. Hey Guys,
    We had the same problem with Sophie’s glasses, she’s 2 and has a small nose.
    We went to Youth Optical in Plano that gave us a saddle bridge nose pad and it works awesome.
    Try asking your optical place for one.
    Good Luck.

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  22. It seems like we have this problem when Aubrie’s glasses need adjusted. They correct the arms and it seems to help.

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  23. Yeah, Zoe’s glasses definitely slide down more when they need adjusting.

    To echo Jeana – I do notice that her plastic frames slide down a lot more than her metal ones did. Her metal frames also had that saddle nose piece that stayed up well (but came off easily). I guess they don’t make that nose piece for larger frames though since they weren’t available when we moved up to the next sized glasses.

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  24. Oh, nice link.

    Zoe’s screwed on on the top of the bridge, but the plastic was flexible, so she was able to pull the bridge off over the screw – and she did so whenever she was bored in the car. Luckily, it was easy to reattach.

    If it ever warms up here, I’ll let you know if sweating makes the plastic frames slip even more.

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  25. Hi Ladies!

    I am some need of some glasses help. My 18 month old, Sofie, has had her glasses for a few weeks now and is doing better with wearing them, but she breaks them and pops out the lenses on a daily basis. I am getting so tired of driving the 30 min. drive DAILY to get them fixed!!! But, in my area the only frames that are sold are metal frames for such a small size. And every optical place I have talked with have told me that I don’t have any other options for such a young toddler in glasses. Sofie is such a busy child that she is constantly intentionally breaking and snapping the frames in half.

    Yesterday I asked my optical provider if they could order some Miraflex or Solobambini frames since I have heard that they are more durable. My provider was very negative and almost upset with me for even asking about them.

    So, my question is.. I have heard that these frames are durable and I think that is what we need at this point, but has any one ordered them from their website online without getting them fitted? Do they fit well? How do I know what size to get?

    Thanks for your help!

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    • Hi Monica. I am totally with you when it comes to having to get the glasses fixed every day! We also only had the metal frames even though we live in the great city of Atlanta, I could not find any other kind of glasses for our daughter when she was nine months old. I also found them to break very easily and it makes it very hard to be consistent about making her wear them. I have heard some very good things about the mirafle and solobambini frames, but I cannot say that I have bought any for us as my daughter is now 2.5 and does not break them as easily as she did before. As for the sizing, I just recently learned that the tiny numbers on the bridge of the metal frames is the size of the glasses in mm. One of the numbers is the size of each glass and one is the distance between the glasses, I believe. In any case, I’m sure if you gave those measurements to the company where you order the glasses from, they could help you determine what size to order for the glasses. Good luck!!!

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    • A word of caution on the Miraflex. The reason I am reading this page is that we are at our wits end with our son (20 months) popping the lenses out of his Miraflex frames. It is great that they are flexible, but since they flex and the lenses don’t, we end up having to put the lenses back in several times a day. We were confident it was just a matter of time before he lost the lenses for good, but he one-upped us and threw the glasses off completely and lost them when we were at Disneyland, so he is back in his old Miraflex (popping the lenses out and all) until we figure out if there is a better choice. If anyone knows of flexible frames that keep the lenses in, please let me know.

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      • Thanks for the heads up on Miraflex, Carl. That’s terribly frustrating. I wonder if some of the titanium flex glasses would work better?

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      • Carl, I feel your pain!!! That’s what brought me to this page, too. Our little guy has had glasses for almost a year now and while I do appreciate Miraflex’s flexibility and durability, I am also at my wit’s end. My little one has permanently lost a lens out of both sets of his Miraflex glasses. I just spent an hour digging around in the car, taking apart his car seat, etc looking for one of them– and this is a daily occurrence, sometimes multiple times a day!! I can’t count the hours I have wasted trying to recover lenses. Not to mention the fact that he chews on them so they have bite marks all over them– oh, AND superglue streaks from where I tried to glue them into the frames in a moment of desperation. What glasses are out there for an 18 month old that are durable, flexible and don’t lose the lenses?????

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  26. Monica,

    Here’s a helpful tidbit that may help in deciphering the numbers on the frames.

    The eyeglass numbers are usually written as: 49-19-135 or they might have small boxes between the numbers on the eyeglass frame.

    1. The first number in the eyeglass size is the distance across one lens of the eyeglass frame ( does not include the frame)

    2.The second number in the eyeglass size is the distance across the bridge on the eyeglass frame or sometimes refered to as the DBL(distance between lenses)

    3.The third number in the eyeglass size is the length of the temple(arm piece) from the front of the eyeglass frame to the end of the temple, which goes behind the ear.

    you may also be asked for pupil distance..a masurement from one pupil center to another…measured in mm. A small ruler with cm and mm will help with this. It is needed to ensure the lens centers are in line with the pupils..

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  27. Thank you! That is very helpful. I will definitely use this information to order the glasses online.

    Thanks again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  29. Hi, my daughter is now 7 and has had glasses since she was 1, and changes script at least every year, so we have been in the business of buying glasses for a long time. We have had both metal and plastic frames on numerous different occasions. With plastic, if they bend out of shape, we just stick them in boiling water and bend them back into shape (although I won\’t guarantee it is safe), but we have never had a problem. They also have the benefit if they are all plastic of being bent in to sit close in at the temples or pulled out to sit wider. With metal, you can just bend them around gently. Her first pair of glasses had arms that folded in and also flatly outwards and they were invaluable as they are constantly being pulled off, but the arms were made to bend outwards, so didn\’t bend the rest of the frame with it. They were made by \’Mambo\’. As our daughter has such a high script +7.5 with a bifocal of +2.5, even when the glasses are ground down, they are heavy and thin arms cause sores behind her ears, wide plastic at least at the end of the arms where they go around the ear are my suggestion for anyone. I think if glasses are falling down, it doesn\’t matter if they are metal or not, they are not adjusted properly or are simply too big. Only once in the 6 years our daughter has been wearing glasses have we ever walked out of an optometrist with them adjusted properly and this optometrist spent over 1/2 an hour on them, we usually always have to go home and adjust them ourselves. Don\’t be scared of them, they are quite sturdy. We have not found a pair of glasses that sits well on the bridge of the nose as kids don\’t really have much of a bridge. It is all in the adjustment behind the ears. You can kind of curl it around, without it being tight though and bend the arms down so that the frame is sitting more upright. Kids tend to find them more comfortable a bit further down their nose anyway. If this fails, when she was much younger, I brought some clear elastic and put pretty jewels on it and put that around the back of her head, attached to each arm. It doesn\’t need to be tight at all, just enough to stop them falling so that they are being looked through, as, as I said before, there is always going to be slippage, it just needs to hold them in place. It is not about how they look in the glasses, it is about how well they see out of them and them actually being comfortable enough for them to want to wear. Most glasses have enough lense up top to allow for a bit of slippage. With regards to bending/breaking them, when kids are old enough, we started a thing where we told our daughter that the glasses went to the glasses fairy to be made magic so that she could see out of them and that is why when she tried them on in the shop, they didn\’t make her see better, but they then got sent to the glasses fairy to be made magic and the magic was just for her and that is why her friends couldn\’t see out of them. When we went to get the new pair, we would then leave a card and a present with the optometrist and put in the card that the fairies loved what she picked and as they were magic, she had to take very good care of them. Another thing to be wary of is optometrists themselves and what they try and sell you. They will sell you any type of glasses, as long as they get the sale, regardless of whether they are appropriate. Spend some time looking around at different shops. If they try and push you into a particular pair, they have probably been sitting there for a long time and they want to get rid of them. Let your child guide you, if they pull them off straight away, they are probably uncomfortable. We just recently had some lenses put in some frames and the optometrist set the bifocal at eyelid level, which is ridiculous, but he swore black and blue that it was at pupil height and got quite angry about it, which it obviously wasn\’t and my daughter refused to wear them as they looked \’funny\’. It is the only pair she has ever refused to wear. If she was young and we were new to it, she wouldn\’t have been able to tell us and we would have believed him. We have had arms chopped too short, split when they are being chopped and all sorts of things and have just wasted our money. If an optometrist tries to sell you a pair that is too large so they can \’grow into them\’, don\’t buy them. Buy a pair that fits them snugly as they loosen. I have never had to make my daughter\’s glasses \’looser\’ from wear and tear. Also, if your child refuses to wear the glasses, and/or keeps pulling them down or taking them off, get a second opinion. We had our first opthamologist give us a script of +4. She didn\’t seem to be getting any better and didn\’t want to wear them. He blamed our patches (which I can highly recommend, they are fabric which go over the glasses, rather than a patch being stuck to the eye). We went to a different opthamologist and she was a +6.25 at the time, big difference and he recommended the fabric patches because they actually do wear them, which my daughter did 9 hours per day. Anyway, we currently have Ronit Furst frames as pictured above and my daughter loves them and so do all of her friends. We brought a second pair we were so impressed. In Australia they RRP for around $450. If you buy them direct from Ronit Furst, just google them, they are $295 delivered to Australia, which is much cheaper and they are very helpful. They are a great brand if you child has a high script. We have also found Prada (although not the adult brand prada) to be very funky and good quality/sit well. Barbie are good. If they look and feel flimsy, they are, if they feel solid and sturdy, they are, regardless of the price. Agreed with the sizing, once you get your child\’s size, then purchase them over the internet, it is much cheaper. Go into the Optometrist and try on a pair that you want to purchase to get it right. To Monica, your daughter shouldn\’t really be able to \’pop\’ out the lense regularly. We have had one pair that did this, there is something wrong with them. At the end of the day, keep going, it was only the threat by my daughter\’s opthamologist that if she didn\’t wear her patch and didn\’t wear her glasses, she would never be able to legally drive and be employed in some jobs that made me strong enough to ensure she wore them and make it fun. Take them out to take their mind off of the glasses, bribe them, whatever it takes until they get the hang of it and it does happen. My daughter won\’t even go to bed without her glasses on now! Get your frames insured and have a couple of pair for them to choose from every day and just let them play with them at first. Put some glasses on everyone in the family and have some \’sunnies\’ for the friends to dress up in when they come over, buy some stick on jewels and let them decorate them. We have one pair specifically so my daughter can put different coloured nail polishes on them if she wants to change the colour. Make it fun and special to have glasses. My daughter currently has four pair, who would want the same old pair every day. Money is not an option when it comes to your child\’s sight.

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  30. Wow, glassesmum, thanks for all the wisdom. I’ve never seen another kid with Ronit Furst glasses, but we love them, too.

    I also like your ideas for making the glasses fun and magical for your daughter – that’s awesome!

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  31. I’m new here, my daugter was recently diagnosed with uveitis and because of that we found out she also has astigmatisim and far-sightedness.

    It’s been nearly a month-long search for frames that fit her correctly. She is 2.5 but VERY small for her age. The first pair we bought (Jungle Piranah 33-18-115) would not stay on her nose, not even for a few seconds. We didn’t even take them home before getting a refund. Now we’ve ordered another pair, Oioi, that look big on her face (size 40 I think) but otherwise fit and stay up. I feel terrible for caring how they look, her vision should be my first concern.

    We also got her a pair of sunglasses because uveitis causes light sensitivity. The frames we found for that are Lafont Ange. They are wonderful, I highly recommend them.

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    • Welcome Natalie, and thank you for the comment and recommendations. Zoe has a pair of Lafont frames now – similar shape to the Ange, but different color and pattern to them. We love them as well!

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  32. I’m new to this blog as my 23mo daughter as just been prescribed glasses. (+7) I’ve been worried about how to keep them on her, and these comments have been really encouraging. I too really appreciate glassesmum’s lengthy comment, as she provided some great ideas. (Some of which I copied and sent to a friend). I’d like to ask a question about my daughter’s extreme far-sighted glasses script. These lenses will make her eyes look large, right? Anything around that? Special lenses maybe? I’m not so worried about this first year, but more when she begins school. Thanks much!

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    • Hi Heather, Your daughter does have a strong prescription, but I think the magnification will be less than you think. One thing to ask for is high index lenses, these are much thinner and lighter than normal lenses and will magnify her eyes less. They do cost more, but we actually weren’t given a choice because Zoe’s frames would only fit the high index lenses (her highest prescription was a +6). You can see Zoe in her +6 lenses here http://tragicoptimist.wordpress.com/2008/07/14/21-months/ – the magnification is nearly impossible to see. +7 will be stronger of course, but with the high index lenses, I think it won’t be noticeable to most people, even though you’ll be able to tell.

      The other thing to keep in mind as she gets older is that nearly all children become less farsighted as they get older. While she might never outgrow the need for glasses, her prescription should decrease which will also help.

      Good luck and let us know how it goes! I’d love to post her picture once her glasses arrive.

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  33. Thanks Ann ๐Ÿ™‚ Her glasses have arrived, and she cooperates about 70% of the time which is MUCH more then we’d expected, so that’s good. I’m thinking my frame choice wasn’t so great as she can easily just peer over the top of them. But we have to start somewhere, and this site has been loads of help!

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    • Heather, if the frames are falling down her nose a lot, you might want to quick take her in to the glasses shop and see if they can adjust them. Some of the opticians are miracle workers when it comes to getting the frames fitted well.

      And hooray for her doing so well with her glasses!

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  34. I am new too. We just got my 2-yr-old her first pair of glasses, which she refuses to wear. It’s hard to tell whether there’s any discomfort — or whether she’s simply being stubborn (it took us 1 month to just order the glasses, since she refused to even be measured, much less try anything on). She supposedly has amblyopia, yet she measures the same in both eyes (+3) and her Rx is for +2. Does it make sense to anyone? Not to me, it doesn’t…
    I consulted a couple of Ophthalmologists that I know, and both of them said that the whole diagnostic process with kids is far from precise and fraught with error. How do you go about getting a second opinion? Find another PO and try the whole game again?

    My child speaks another language at home and at daycare, so she does not speak English at all. For that reason, the Arthur cartoon probably won’t work — the book I can at least translate, I guess.

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    • Hi Helen, I know that amblyopia does not always develop because of a difference in prescription strength. It can also develop if your child’s eyes aren’t aligned, and so they suppress the vision from one eye in order to not see two conflicting images. That often happens when a child is farsighted (as your daughter is, since her prescription starts with a +), and they cross their eyes in order to focus. Were you advised to do any patching?

      That said, our ophthalmologist told us the exact same thing, that getting an accurate prescription at this age is as much art as science. Unfortunately, I think getting a second opinion is exactly as you described, going to see a new eye doctor and doing a second comprehensive exam.

      Good luck to you. It’s really hard, especially when you first get the glasses. If you see any red spots after you take off her glasses (if she’ll wear them long enough ๐Ÿ™‚ ) that can be a sign that they’re not fitting correctly. But you can expect that it might take a few weeks before she’s willing to wear them full time. You might also try a toy that wears glasses (we had cheap sunglasses and popped the lenses out and used those for Zoe’s monkey).

      Let us know how things go for you and her. And ask any other questions, too!

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  35. I am buying my 2.5 year old sons first pair of glasses and I have a few questions before I get them.
    1. I am looking at the flex all with the wrap around the ear arms. Good idea or not?
    2. I am also looking into getting the transition lens for when he goes outside. Good idea or not?
    3. Also, do they all come in plastic lenses and if so how easily are they scratched?

    I am afraid of getting the wrong kind and I cant afford to keep replacing them. So if someone can please help me out with this I would greatly appreciate it.

    I also want to say how this web site is so wounderful for a first time mom being diagnosed with this.

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    • Hi Shannon, I hope others will weigh in with their thoughts, too. I don’t know what the flex all are, but if they have flexible hinges that’s a great thing.

      There’s a post that talks about sunglasses options and talks about transition lenses ( https://littlefoureyes.com/2009/07/21/sunglasses-for-children-with-glasse/), some things to consider: it’s important to provide sun protection for your child’s eyes, and it can be a pain to keep track of a second pair of prescription sunglasses. On the other hand, the transition lenses don’t always darken well in cars, and they sometimes still look tinted even indoors. Also, if you want to take pictures of your son outside, if he has transition lenses, all the pictures will show him with the darkened lenses. Transition lenses are also expensive. You might want to ask if they have any kind of warranty – if you need to replace the lenses for prescription changes or scratches, it will probably cost more for the transition lenses.

      You want polycarbonate for the lenses. They are lighter-weight, thinner, and most importantly, won’t shatter on impact. They do scratch pretty easily. We got scratch resistant coating (Crizal), and I’m happy we did because it means that they have a 1 year warranty against scratches. We’ve gotten a couple of free lenses that were scratched from falls and the glasses being stepped on.

      I know the choices can be overwhelming. It seems like either you have no selection and no choices at all, or too many choices when it comes to kid’s glasses

      If it’s not clear from my comments above, I really recommend asking about warranties and comparing some of the options. We ended up needing to replace Zoe’s lenses quite a few times in the first year because of prescription changes and scratches. She didn’t break her frames, but I know a lot of kids are hard on their frames, too. Some places offer 1 year warranties, or other warranties for prescription changes, or for damaged frames or scratched lenses. There is a good probability you’ll need to replace some part of your son’s glasses before the year is out.

      Good luck to you! Please let us know how things go and keep us updated on how your son does with his glasses!

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  36. Hi Shannon – we did the wrap around arms on Aubrie’s first glasses at 20 months. She wore those for a year. Then, we just did the regular arms, but they still bend them to go behind her ears. It was nice when she was so young because it keeps them on a bit better.

    I’m with Ann – definitely go for as many warranties as possible. My places offers a free warranty on only the frames – we go through about 5 frames a year – that is a huge plus for us! We don’t have a warranty on the lenses, but we have only had to replace them once, and they had gotten stepped on and the eye glasses store replaced them for only $20 – it was so nice!

    My best advice is find an eye glasses shop that likes to work with kids – you will be in there about monthly for adjustments & find one that has a good warranty plan because with little kids – it’s used often!

    Best of luck – he’ll be too cute in his new specs!

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  37. “We donโ€™t have a warranty on the lenses, but we have only had to replace them once”

    I thought that at first. My son didn’t need replacement lenses for his first pair once. I used glasses that wrapped around, as you did, so that they didn’t fall off often. As soon as he moved onto the regular ones (which I didn’t bother to get warranty on as I didn’t use it on the first pair), he developed a habit of scratching and smashing the lenses. Just my luck!

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  38. Hi! I’m new to the site, and glad I found it! Our 4 month old needs glasses and I’m having a really hard time finding anything. Any advice would be much appreciated. My email is kimberlynoelle@hotmail.com. I am looking into Solo Bambini but thought I would get some advice first. Thanks!

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    • Hi Kim, Zoe wasn’t that young when she got glasses, but from what I’ve heard from parents of young babies, Solo Bambini or Miraflex are some of the best options. I think having flexible frames is a very good idea at that age.

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  39. Hello! We just found out that our daughter (12 months) needs glasses. She is farsighted at +6.25 and +5.75. We had to drive 1.5 hrs just to see a peds ophthalmologist and when he gave us our script he recommended an eyeglass store in the area since he knew they carried small frames. Not wanting to get home and find that no one in our area carries baby size frames we went and ordered from the store. They didn’t have any options. It was Fisher Price Peanut frames and the only choice we got to make was pink, blue or bronze. Not having any experience in this I just thought it is what it is and we would make do. We picked up the glasses and after riding in the car so long our daughter was cranky and wouldn’t leave them on. They “adjusted” them and sent us on our way. She started leaving the glasses on right away at home BUT immediately it became clear they don’t fit well and would slide right off the end of her nose and the temples were leaving horrible red marks on her head. So off we went to another store I found that carries childrens glasses and we looked at Miraflex. They are ordering us a rectangle and an oval frame since they didn’t have the oval for us to try and we can pick which we prefer they said. I called them today to verify we were ordering the right size since from the website I believed we should be ordering Baby Zero 2 and they told me Baby Lux but she told me that Baby Zero 2 would be too small and that the only reason they make that size is because Miraflex is geared towards “special needs” children which I took somewhat offensively because she knew our daughter isn’t “special needs” as she was the one who fitted us with the glasses and I think she was just offended I was questioning her. It has been a very emotional and stressful journey thus far. I know there are far worse things than having to wear glasses but I was still very upset at the news. And while improving vision is first and foremost I still can’t help but wonder why there aren’t any cute baby frames out there??? Or am I just not looking at the right place?

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    • hi heather, i am contemplating baby zero2 vs baby one. what did you find out? did the baby lux fit well or do you need the baby zero2? i’ve had the same problem, bought frames for my 16 month old and they leave marks. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i am trying to order miraflex online and can’t decide which size to get.

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  40. Solo Bambini glasses were not for us! Even though Kori’s picture in the gallery shows her with them on, it didnt take long until I was ready to throw them in the trash. Kori has really long eyelashes and they constantly were hitting up against the lens. The glasses didnt have rubber nose pieces which kept the glasses close to her face and causes the lens to constantly fog up. Kori ended up with eye infections from rubbing them too much. I bought a back up pair and she is currently wearing those until they replace the other ones at her optical shop. She will end up having to wear ones that sit further away from her face because of her long eyelashes.

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  41. Hi. I’m brand new and stumbled upon this site after finding out yesterday that my 2 1/2 year old son has intermittent esotropia. Apparently, it’s not that bad, but he does need glasses.

    I was told the Miraflex were the only ones to go with at a reputable optical shop affiliated with an enormous eye hospital where I live. Their reasoning was b/c of their durability and his age. They said that in a year or so, we can get “cuter” glasses, but this is the way to go with an active 3yr old boy. In fact, I was not given any other options. Does anyone thing differently? Will he really keep them on with the strap? When we tried them on, it made me a bit sad b/c it just looked so strange. I’m leaning to go with the Miraflex (rectangular), but I can’t help but wonder if I should try something else. Certainly, like all of you said, its about our childrens’ vision…that’s all that matters. But his adorable face is now going to be hidden by these glasses.

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  42. Hi Sam, I know a lot of people love Miraflex for being so durable, and that’s definitely a big consideration. We had wire frames for Zoe, and she did fine, but she’s not super physical – she’s never done much wrestling or running around (though she has her moments, to be sure). I know there are other parents who have gone with different frames, and it seems strange to me that they didn’t offer any other options, but they are very common frames for the very young kids.

    It is really hard to see your child in glasses that first time, no matter what the frames look like – it’s a huge change. But I bet your son will look great in glasses.

    Best of luck and keep us updated!

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    • Thanks, Ann. I really appreciate your support. This blog is fantastic.
      I think for my little guy, durability is key. He’s an active boy and likes to play rough and wrestle with his dad. I know I’m doing the best thing for him. Finding this early and taking corrective measures is what matters most.

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  43. Hello, My 4 year old has been happily wearing glasses for about 1 year now. We just found out our 8 year old needs glasses too. Any suggestions on what type of glasses to get for him? There are so many companies-especially online. I have even found “cheap RX glasses for $30!,” but how good/safe are they? I was also looking to get a separate pair of Rx sunglasses for my 4 year old (he hates transitions). Any suggestions would help! I really hate shopping for glasses ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I love this site-I came on here when my 4 year old starting wearing his glasses.

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    • Hi Natalie, I know a lot of people have had a lot of luck ordering glasses online. One thing to consider is that most online retailers don’t have any warranties, and you’ll still want to have some place you can go to get his glasses adjusted and repaired. There’s a guide to ordering glasses online here: https://littlefoureyes.com/collected-wisdom/ordering-glasses-for-your-children-online/

      We got Zoe a pair of prescription sunglasses online from Zenni, and the price was right ($30), but they never fit as well as her other glasses do. But for sunglasses, I’m pretty pleased.

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      • Thank you Ann, that helps! I was able to get a second, cheap pair for my 8 year old from CoastalContacts.com-haven’t received them yet, but will let you know how they are. From time to time, they offer FREE glasses-you pay the shipping. As for the sunglasses, this company did not carry small enough glasses for my 4 year old, so I went to Zenni like you suggested and found lots of cool styles for sunglasses. Thank you!!!

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  44. Hi, I just found out my 3 year old needs glasses. She is really tiny though, so almost everything we’ve tried on doesn’t even touch her face. I saw alot of you mentioning Miraflex. I went to their website and saw they have some really cute acetate frames in her size (43-15) but I can’t see how much they cost. Does anyone have a ballpark for cost of these frames?

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    • Hi Adria,
      I just bought my son the Miraflex. We actually went to pick them up yesterday. I ordered the regtangular in dark grey. Unforntately, when I put them on my son, they looked so big. I discovered that the optical shop messed up an ordered the wrong size. Needless to say I was very irritated; particularly b/c the shop is afiiliated with a top eye hospital in philadelphia.

      Despite the blunder, I will tell you that two separate Eye Hospitals here recommended the Miraflex exclusively for a 3year old. Perhaps other people here who have far more expereience will tell you otherwise. But, it seems like they are the most durable (virtually indestructable), lightweight and comfortable. In fact, another mother was in the shop yesterday with her 3 year switching her son to the miraflex for that very reason. She said he was constantly tugging at them, stretching his other glasses. The MIraflex can apparently take a beating.

      So, we re-ordered hopefully the correct pair will be in soon. They cost $140 with lenses and a 1 year warranty coverning frames and lenses. You should shop around and see what stores have them and what they’ll charge; also if you have any insurance that might defrayt the costs. I say this b/c I initally called Pearl Vision, which only could give me a discount to $250 with a 90 day warranty. The place I ultimately purchased them buys them in bulk so gets a discount; also gave me the warranty (and this was w/out any insurance coverage b/c my insurance discount was not accepted there!)

      Anyway, just be sure you get the right size. Miraflex provides a chart/guideline (which my optical shop apparently did not consult). They got him a New Baby 2 42/14 and he should have gotten the New Baby 1 (39/14). I called Miraflex to confirm and they said that based on their guidelines a NewBaby 1 is for a 3-6 year old and New Baby 2 is for a 5-8 year old.

      Now I just need to get him to wear them!

      Good luck…

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  45. We just bought Nolan’s glasses at Walmart (Go Diego Go, Habitat frames with cable temples). They were the only ones in the store small enough to fit! He’s three and has anisometropic amblyopia. I also bought a pair online – for back-up use if his “real” pair get damaged. We pick them up today, so hopefully he’ll keep them on!

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  46. Hi. I noticed the photo with the adorable glasses from tomatoeye.com. Has anyone had experience with them? I had never heard about them until seeing the photo on this site. My daughter is 12 months and was diagnosed with strabismus (3.5 on each side). My doc wanted to put her in Miraflex but I couldn’t stand the way they looked and after doing hours of research online I read a ton of comments that the straps were hazardous to this age and that they bothered the baby more than just the frames would. So, I went with an adorable pair of lilac metal frames from PEZ. I love them – however, they are small and she tends to look over them and she is ripping them off constantly. I’m wanting to buy her a second pair that are more flexible to wear while she’s getting use to them. I took her back yesterday to look at our options and every time we put the Miraflex on her, she immediately took them off. I think it was because of the strap. I like the Tomato Art frames because it looks like you have the option of using the straps or not. Sorry to ramble on – I was just hoping to find input on the Tomato frames.

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  47. I just took my 5 yr old twins to eye dr today and they both needed glasses. They wanted to sell me glasses for them for $159……I couldn’t afford that for two children so I took the prescription to Walmart and got $9 frames and $20 lenses. I am worried that I am going to get what I paid for and end up having to get the glasses from the eye dr. office…….Do you think I made a bad move? Also, how common is it for 5 yr olds to need glass???? My husband has really bad eyesight but didnt get glasses until he was 7. I am also wondering how a person knows their small child (under 2) needs glasses? I have an almost 1 yr old and am wondering when he should go in for his first eye appointment? Thanks!

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    • Hi Elizabeth, I don’t think you made a bad move, I know a lot of parents recommend Walmart glasses. You can take the glasses to your doctor’s office to check the prescription to make sure that they were made correctly, but I expect they’ll be just fine.

      One study found that nearly 10% of kids between 4 and 6 years old should be wearing glasses, though I think it’s far fewer that actually do. For small children that can’t yet talk about how well they’re seeing (and probably wouldn’t know if they’re seeing less clearly than they should), eye doctors do an exam by dilating their eyes to see the shape of the child’s lens, which tells them if the child can focus correctly. There are other tests that give an idea of how clearly the child sees, but it’s not until the child can do a shape or letter eye chart that they can really assess acuity very well. For us, we noticed Zoe’s eyes crossing at 9 months, which was due to her being farsighted.

      Vision problems definitely run in families, so I would recommend getting your one year old in for an eye exam, just to rule out any vision problems, and then ask the eye doctor how often you should take him in for a follow up.

      Good luck!

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  48. Hello,
    Is there a particular place to shop for sports glasses? Both my kids are getting into sports and I need (inexpensive) safe ๐Ÿ™‚ sports glasses.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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  50. hi , i have a 3yr old boy who just been told needs glasses ….after being shown just 2 pairs in an opticians im gutted at the selection ! Do all glasses need to be big round frames making them look like Harry Potter and stand out like a sore thumb ….?

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    • Hi Nathania! Depending on where you are, the selection really can be disheartening. I think a lot of kids’ glasses are brightly colored, and the round shape works well for some kids in keeping them from looking over their glasses, but there are definitely other shapes out there! Have you looked at our photo gallery? A lot of the photos list the brands, so if you see a shape or style that you like, you might be able to follow up on that.

      Good luck!

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  51. Not sure if this is the right place to ask this – but does anyone know if there is a vision simulator online? I would love to see what my daughter sees (by inputting her prescription).

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  52. Anyone else have a problem with a baby and the Miraflex lenses with the strap? It seems like it’s really pushing down on the forehead between her eyes, and pushing her ears forward at the top, too. Her eye doc is unconcerned. Thanks!

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  53. Help! Our two year old keeps biting off her snap on nosepads from the metal frame. We asked the optician about Miraflex to get s pad-free design but he said her flat nose bridge (common to Asian kids) cannot hold up frames without pads. Also warned the lenses would sit close to eyes and lashes will hit them.

    Can you suggest a pad-less flexible frame for Asian faces? We can’t train her to stop chewing pads off, she has sensory processing needs that compel her to seek out chewable items. Tonight she even swallowed the silicone nosepads! Thus our rush to get her on new frames…

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  54. Does anyone reccomend buy frames online without trying them on first? My daughter needs new glasses she is 4 1/2 but I am having a hard time finding some cute glasses around town.

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  55. Hi there,
    My 2 year old son has recently started wearing glasses. We are having problems with his lenses and would appreciate any advice. He has been prescribed +7.5 for both eyes. The lenses are plastic, thinned down, anti glare coating and the frames are plastic. After about 3 to 4 weeks we noticed lots of fine lines that appeared to be in the lens and not on the surface. We were told it was a fault in the lens and they were replaced. After 1 week with the new lens I noticed the same problem starting again. This time we were told that it was more than likely a stress within the lens and the company upgraded the lens to an ultra thin lens and a new set of frames. And yet again we are 1 week into wearing the new glasses and I’ve noticed these stress lines starting again. I would appreciate if anyone could let me know if they have experienced something similar. The opticians have told us that the stress lines would not affect his vision but I imagine it isn’t ideal and would like to get to the bottom of this.
    Thanks
    Aoife

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  56. My son is 16 months, 14 corrected, and has been wearing glasses for about six months. For the past two months, he has been popping out the lenses of his Miraflex glasses several times a day. He will then chew on and play with the lenses, creating scratches that obstruct his vision that require replacement ($$). His daycare and my husband and I are frustrated — we need help!!! What glasses can I be absolutely sure will not allow the lenses to pop out? Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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  57. Hi everybody!
    I have a 3 year old and we’ve had her glasses script for about 6 months now but honestly I’ve been putting it off because it’s so overwhelming trying to find a good (affordable) pair (or two) that will be an appropriate fit!

    My daughter has a genetic condition and a very flat nasal bridge. I know Miraflex is the go-to for special needs kids but many moms I’ve talked to have said they actually aren’t the greatest for genetic kids. Tomato glasses have been recommended but since they are only online I can’t imagine insurance will cover them.

    (The thought of ordering online scares me too. Where do you go to get them adjusted? And how on earth can you make sure you get the right size? I suppose I’ll have to check out the article about all of that!)

    We really cannot afford expensive glasses out of pocket, and it seemed like Miraflex was the only option at our pediatric optometrist’s shop. I’m hoping to find somewhere else that has other options that insurance might cover, even if we have to travel to get them.

    My daughter is very active and won’t be able to understand that she needs to keep them on, or not to bend them/throw them/sit on them etc, so we definitely need something sturdy! Also for those of you who have done glasses with a strap, does that become problematic if your child has a lot of hair? I’m wondering if ear cables might be better for my girl.

    Thank you!

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  58. I just ordered my son’s first pair of glasses. He is 13 months and I am eager to see how he handles it. We went with kids by safilo. They seemed to fit good in the store. Fingers crossed he wears them.

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  59. I took my daughter yesterday to see an eye doctor because she has been crossing her eyes lately. She has accommodative esotropia which is making her cross her eyes due to her not seeing well. Her perscription was 4.5 and 3.5. I took her to an optical right after the appointment and ordered metal glasses for her but after finding your website last night I cancelled the order this morning.
    Thank you so much for creating this blog. It’s very helpful for us first time parents dealing with this issue.
    So far I like to website for tomatoglasses.com and solobambini.
    I’m unsure about the right size for my 2.5 yr old daughter. Do you think 40 is the right size?

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    • I think 40 is possibly too big, but it’s really hard to say without seeing your daughter. My daughter did start out with metal frames at 14 months and did ok, though I know a whole lot of parents really prefer a more flexible frame. Tomato glasses and solo bambini are both good brands. The optical shop might be willing to get a few frames for your daughter to try.

      Good luck!

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  60. My 6 yr old twin boys just got their first pair of glasses. One of them fits perfect and feels good with them. The other one has a little bigger face and did not fit the little kid ones they had no preteen so we got teen they are too loose and the plastic behind the ears was curled so much to make them fit that its bulky and uncomfortable. I asked for his PD so I could order some very nice ones I saw online and they would not give it to me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m a bit worried and confused about ordering online but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg considering they go back to optometrist in 3 months and I already bought him the pair that was a waste.. what do you recommend? Thanks..

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