marathon glasses adjustment

I should have taken Zoe in to get her glasses adjusted a long time ago.  Her blue glasses have been leaving red marks on her nose for quite a while now, but she wasn’t complaining about it.  Her red glasses have been looking crooked for almost as long, but again, she wasn’t really complaining.  Then last weekend, she refused to wear her sunglasses, which she normally loves, because they “hurt her eyes.”

Zoe's crooked glasses - they were a little high on the right side and didn't sit square on her nose. (ok, I'll admit, I mostly just wanted to post this picture because I like it)

So we finally got in on Friday with all three pairs in tow.  I know from experience that middle of the day on a weekday tends to be pretty quiet, so that’s when we went and there was only one other mother-daughter pair there (coincidentally, they were picking up the same frames as Zoe has, but in different colors.  We complimented them on their good taste).  The guy who was working laughed as I pulled glasses case after glasses case out of my purse, but he was happy to do the adjustments.  I had been a bit worried about bringing in the sunglasses, since those didn’t come from the store, but I explained that we got them elsewhere, and he was fine doing the adjustments on those as well.

Both the blue pair and the red pair were too tight, and the red pair was crooked as well.  The optician said she must have had a growth spurt.  Lesson learned:  If she’s getting red spots on her nose, we need to get her in for an adjustment.  Happily, we learned that they could be adjusted to still fit for a good long while. We’d been worried that Zoe was going to need new frames again, but we’re good with these for a while still.  The sunglasses were too loose, but they’re fitting well now, too, and Zoe wore them with no complaint the last two days.

Zoe happily told everyone she saw on Friday and Saturday about getting her glasses adjusted, and that she got stickers from the glasses shop as well.  I worry that she’ll one day put two and two together and realize that if she bends her glasses, she’ll get to go to the shop for glasses adjustments and a sticker.

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9 responses to “marathon glasses adjustment

  1. Hi there! New to the blog and new to being the parent of a “little four eyes”!

    Our daughter (4 and a half) has had glasses for about 3 weeks now – and she’s had red marks on her nose from day 1. Mommy (aka – Me!), in her wisdom, tried to adjust them a couple of times – and then took them to a “professional” for adjustment – and she still gets red marks… come to think of it… so does Mommy!!

    So – question for you – did the mark’s on Zoe’s nose go away after you had them adjusted? Wondering if Abby and I need to go for another adjustment attempt?!?

    Thanks!
    Darlene

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  2. Good question! I’ll need to look to be sure. She wore her red glasses most of this weekend, and they hadn’t been giving her the red marks on her nose. She wore her blue glasses today, though, so I’ll see tonight what the nose looks like. In Zoe’s case, she hadn’t been getting red marks at all with those glasses, so it was at least a clear sign that something had changed.

    According to A Child’s Eyes (http://www.achildseyes.com/GoodFit.html – really, really good website), light pink marks are fine, as long as they are even on the nose (one side isn’t darker than the other), and they disappear quickly. Red marks on the side of the head need to be adjusted right away, since they could interfere with your child’s head growth. Marks behind the ears can start to get sore quickly, so you’ll want to get an adjustment for those quickly, too.

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    • I checked this evening, the red marks weren’t there, though there were slight indentations on the bridge of her nose. Before the adjustment, the glasses were too tight against her face, so you could really see marks from where the glasses dug into her nose.

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  3. I’m looking forward to giving my little girl “color” options for her glasses! 🙂 How fun. She looks so cute in them!

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    • If you can afford to get a couple different pairs that look different – different colors and different styles, I highly, highly recommend it! Zoe gets to pick out her glasses each morning – and she switches between them pretty regularly. For one, that means each frame gets less wear and tear because it’s worn less often. It also means she has a back up if one pair breaks or needs replacing. But the big one for me is that it gives Zoe some sense of control in the matter.

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  4. Ann Z :
    p>According to A Child’s Eyes (http://www.achildseyes.com/GoodFit.html – really, really good website), light pink marks are fine, as long as they are even on the nose (one side isn’t darker than the other), and they disappear quickly. Red marks on the side of the head need to be adjusted right away, since they could interfere with your child’s head growth. Marks behind the ears can start to get sore quickly, so you’ll want to get an adjustment for those quickly, too.

    Thanks for the link – that is a good site!! Hmm.. I’ll have to check behind the ears!! I know that my new glasses bugged my ears for a while before I got them “right”!! Good suggestion about having more than 1 pair! We’re thinking that if the Dr. decides to bump her prescription up in the fall, we’ll get a new pair then, and then when the new pair come in – replace the lenses in her existing pair… mind you, we ARE only 3 weeks into this journey… a lot could (and likely will!) change!

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  6. First of all A-DORABLE! She’s so cute in those red frames! When we went to pick up Birdi’s new glasses we ordered a second pair for backup. The man at the shop mentioned letting her wear both pairs as she pleases, for that very reason: variety is fun for them, gives them choices, and it would even out wear and tear. I never thought about it like that.. I just saw them as “Backups”. Great idea!

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