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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 SimplyEyesglasses.com.

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 SimplyEyeglasses.com 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 SimplyEyeglasses.com. 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 LittleFourEyes.com for more help.

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Glasses ordered

Posted by themoneyfamily on June 18, 2009

Eyedesigns ordered in 2 different Marchon Flexon frames for us to try – one round shaped in a 39 width, the other sort of square shaped in a 40 width. I really like the way the square ones looked on Penny, but they were just too big for her. So, we ordered the round ones.

We still need to get high index lenses because one eye is 5.5 (by the way, it doesn’t matter if it’s plus or minus – the smaller the number, the better – for those who don’t wear glasses). And all of the glasses at eyedesigns come with anti-scratch coating (it’s built into the price).

On the plus side, they are really helping us out and gave us a discount because we needed to change prescriptions so quickly. It also means new frames though, because Penny is growing so quickly right now. So, to the tune of $358, we have ordered Penny a pair of titanium framed glasses.

Because the titanium frames twist, these will last longer size-wise. Even once they’re too small, she can wear them a big longer because the frames will bend out a bit to accommodate. Also, these have nosepads which can be adjusted to accommodate the bridge of her nose as it grows. The plastic frames were cute and all, but I don’t think they did so well for us.

I’m a little worried about keeping the new glasses on her face, because she seems to be really fighting the glasses right now. But, that could be because the one eye is so different than her new prescription. And trying on the new ones, they didn’t have any prescription so she wouldn’t like that either. Tip for parents of children in glasses: If your child starts fighting their glasses alot, get their prescription checked. It might have changed. Have you ever looked through someone’s glasses that weren’t yours? That’s how the little ones would feel with an old prescription.

We should get her new glasses early next week, and we’ll see how she does with them. Luckily the strap we got from Camille at Framehuggers will still work on her new ones (I tried in the store). Just have to convince her that glasses aren’t a toy. Like the phone isn’t a toy. And my hair isn’t a toy. And my rings on my necklace aren’t a toy…

(I will add a picture later this afternoon)

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Trying on Glasses

Posted by themoneyfamily on March 27, 2009

Trying on glasses for the first time

Trying on glasses for the first time

We went to eyedesigns this afternoon to check out glasses for Penny. We tried a metal-rimmed frame with arms that were too big, just to get an idea of how they fit her face. I really didn’t like the idea of wearing those just yet, because they have nosepads that need adjusting, and while they might be flexible to some extent…I just don’t trust them. Penny is going to be moving around alot more pretty soon and we don’t need to be getting her glasses adjusted every time she mashes her face into the floor doing tummy time.

We also tried a pair of Disney Pooh glasses, which hook behind her ears. I didn’t think ones that hook behind the ears would work on someone so little – we’d probably need ones with a strap behind her head. But when we tried these ones on she didn’t try to get them off or anything. So, $370 later, we’d ordered blue frames with warranty and high index lenses. Of course, every employee there had to come over and check out their “youngest patient ever”, and see just how cute Penny was in glasses.
Her glasses are expected to take about 2 weeks to come in. I’m impatient knowing that tummy time is hard when she can’t see what’s right in front of her. I don’t want her to be delayed developmentally because of not being able to see.

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