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Finally, an answer!

Posted by themoneyfamily on July 21, 2009

When we first found out the Penny had cataracts, we realized that any future children we have face a 50% chance of having cataracts as well. I’ve been wondering if there’s anything I can do prior to or during pregnancy that would help lessen that risk – like taking any supplements or whatnot. I did mention it to our PO, who said nothing could be done. But it was the short answer, and I still wondered.

Recently I came across the Ask an Optometrist Blog from the Canadian Association of Optometrists. I submitted my question about preventing cataracts, and was honestly surprised to see an answer in my Google Reader feed today.

’m sorry to hear that your daughter has to suffer this condition. Congenital cataracts are almost always genetic in nature (meaning you are born with them). Because it is a mutation in the genes themselves, there is nothing that you did during pregnancy to cause them, and nothing you could have done to prevent them. It is certainly possible that children from future pregnancies would be affected as well, and there is unfortunately nothing you can do to prevent cataracts. The risk of the genetic mutation being passed on will depend on the inheritance pattern. You can certainly ask your family doctor for a referral to a genetic counsellor to give you an idea of what the chances are of children from future pregnancies developing cataracts.

That being said, cataract surgery is remarkably successful with low risk of complication. Once they are removed, your daughter will have to be followed regularly, but her visual prognosis is good. I hope this helps.

Dr. Donati

The original post is here.

Just a note about the site, they can only accept questions from Canadian IP addresses.


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Glasses by size

Posted by themoneyfamily on June 19, 2009

When looking for new glasses for Penny, I came across many websites, like Zenni Optical and the like, which carry many, many frames. The problem I found was having to go through each child’s frame to see if they were available in her size. I know some of you are having the same problem, because your searches bring you to this blog.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a great site that remedies this problem. I can’t vouch for purchasing from them, as I haven’t done it. But you can definitely research your frames by size there. It is

Eye Size – Orange (First number on frames)
Obviously, the smaller the number, the smaller the glasses. Penny’s first glasses, at 11 weeks, were a size 36, but we ordered a size too big so she could grow into them. Now 5.5 months, her new pair are a size 39, and the 40’s were too big.

Bridge Size – Blue (Second number on frames)
Keep in mind that the bridge size is important if you get plastic frames, as these are not adjustable and do need to fit your child as is. But if you are getting frames with plastic nosepads, the bridge size isn’t as important.

Temple Size – Green (Third number on frames)
Also, the arm length isn’t as important (depending on the frames). In most cases, it can be cut shorter. If you are getting cable temples, I’d definitely recommend trying the frames on in person to make sure you have the right arm length. Sometimes cable temples are only a little bit adjustable.

Vertical Size – Red (not usually noted on the frames)
The vertical height of the frames is important in a couple of ways: if they are too small your child can look over the frames, and if they are too big the glasses will not look natural on your child. Miss Danielle at A Child’s Eyes says: “A child’s frame should fit right into the eye socket from top to bottom and not expand down the child’s cheek. If a child is allowed to wear a frame like this it will cause unnecessary weight on the nose. Not only will this be uncomfortable, but it will cause the frame to slip down the nose and result in poor vision for the child.”

If you know the Eye Size you need, click on the following sizes to see what has available in that size:
Size 32
Size 33
Size 34
Size 35
Size 36
Size 37
Size 38
Size 39
Size 40
Size 41
Size 42
Size 43
Size 44
Size 45
Size 46
Size 47

If you feel comfortable ordering online, feel free to order from Otherwise, note down the frame name and model and go to your local optician to try them on. Not all opticians will carry all of these. But sometimes they’ll be able to order them in for you.

Hopefully this helps you choose glasses for your child. If you do have any questions, please email me at nicolemarr at shaw dot ca, or visit the Resources page at for more help.

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Posted by themoneyfamily on May 18, 2009

Definitely an interesting site.

Vision related articles:

I will add more as I find them…

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The Little Numbers on Your Glasses

Posted by themoneyfamily on May 16, 2009

For anyone who ever wondered what they mean, GeorgeB wrote this on the little four eyes blog:

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 measurement 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..

Always helpful to know!

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Good Place To Start

Posted by themoneyfamily on May 13, 2009

Just for curiosity sake, I was looking for other baby/infant glasses for Penny. I came across, which boasts 90,000 frames and Cool Cash. CoolCash is like a gift certificate you receive when you buy frames from them, that you can use on your next purchase. Like some of the frames I looked at were $9-11 CoolCash. When you have a little newbie like Penny in glasses, you just KNOW you’re gonna need more, so the idea of CoolCash is appealing. I think shipping is free (domestic, which sucks for us because we’re Canadian). And they offer 2 year warranty for $29.95 (this doesn’t cover breakage from the looks of it). There is also a 1 year lens warranty, but not on plastic lenses. All in all, I think might be worth checking out for parents of babies/infants needing glasses.

I just spoke to Donny, a customer service professional for, and he sent me a list of frames for infants.

Frame 24818
Frame 12763
Frame 12780
Frame 13152
Frame 9610

Now just to give you an idea, Penny’s frames are 36 mm (lens width) and 115 mm (arm length) and she’s 4 months old and just about 12 lbs. Oh, that’s another thing I like about On each product page, you can see the different sizes available with lens width, bridge width and arm length.

I will keep these guys in mind for Penny’s next glasses!

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