After my last post about our latest trip to the glasses shop to get all of Zoe’s glasses adjusted, Darlene left a comment asking for more information about my comment that Zoe’s blue glasses were leaving red marks on her nose. She wondered if red marks were always an indication of a bad fit, and whether the marks were gone now that those frames have been adjusted. I figured I’d write a new post, since knowing when to take Zoe’s glasses in to get them adjusted is something I still struggle with.
To answer Darlene’s questions, I turned to Danielle Cruss (who goes by Miss Danielle on her website). She is a Master-Certified Optician, who specializes in fitting and dispensing glasses for children. She has a website that’s chock full of great information on children’s glasses, A Child’s Eyes. Her website is listed on my page of resources for parents, but it’s such a good website, I didn’t think it would hurt to bring it up again.
One of the pages on A Child’s Eyes focuses specifically on the importance of getting glasses to fit correctly for a child. The last three paragraphs talk about signs that you should bring your child’s glasses in for adjustments. Specifically, marks on the side of their faces, and marks on the backs of their ears. Marks on the side of their faces need quick attention (adjustments or new frames) as they can indicate that the frames are interfering with your child’s normal head growth.
I also interviewed Miss Danielle a year ago, and asked her for more information about signs that you child’s glasses aren’t fitting correctly, and here’s what she said:
If you notice any of the following you should stop by and have your child’s glasses adjusted:
- glasses that slip down,
- marks on the nose that are uneven or not symmetrical on either side of the nose,
- marks on the nose that don’t go away after about 5 minutes,
- glasses that are crooked on their face,
- any marks behind the ears.
- For the younger ones, if you notice any behavior changes, i.e.: doesn’t want to wear them, picking at their ears or rubbing their eyes, and watery eyes. [I can absolutely validate this one! A while back, I noticed Zoe all of a sudden stopped wearing her glasses. Turns out they were really crooked, and really messing up her vision – Ann Z]
The full interview is here, and is also worth a read if you missed it the first time around. Miss Danielle really shared a ton of fantastic information. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’d forgotten that I’d asked her about this in the interview until I went back to re-read it tonight.
I can answer Darlene’s last question all by myself – this evening I checked Zoe’s nose after she’d worn her blue glasses all day. There were slight indentations on her nose, but no more red marks. Hooray!