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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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Head Straps

Posted by themoneyfamily on May 13, 2009

Last Tuesday we were wandering through the mall. I decided to finally stop at one of the eyeglass stores (Crown Optical) and see if they had anything to help keep Penny’s glasses up. I was looking for things that go on the nose, like I’ve seen in some other kids’ pictures, or different ones that I’ve been told about. All they had was a plain old sport strap – although it can be resized to actually fit Penny’s little head (even Baby Banz are too big for her head and can’t be resized any smaller). We set it up and put it on. It worked – sort of. It had to stay further up on her head to work properly, and it kept slipping from there. But I figured working some of the time is better than not working at all. And if I could find a way to help her breath while keeping her glasses up, then I’d probably keep her glasses on more.

Well, come Wednesday morning, we received a package in the mail. Camille from Framehuggers is working on a new strap for kids glasses. I spoke to her a couple of weeks ago about it, and got her some measurements for Penny. She hadn’t made one sized for babies, but didn’t see why she shouldn’t. So, we got Penny’s new strap in the mail to try out for Camille. It’s cute, and soft, and pink. And it works! It actually hooks on the big letter C behind Penny’s ears, which is flexible. Because of that flexibility, I don’t feel so bad putting a strap on her. I mean, it’s not rigid and digging into her head. There’s room for a bit of movement if the current position isn’t quite comfortable enough.

I wrote to Camille yesterday to give her some feedback, not seeing very much room for improvement. She’s thought of everything – even putting the prickly side of the velcro facing out so it doesn’t irritate Penny’s head. So, we’re helping her evaluate them, and once she starts producing them for sale, I strongly recommend that everyone who needs one gets one!

See how far Penny's glasses slide down her nose?

See how far Penny's glasses slide down her nose?

See how much better this looks? No more problems breathing with glasses on!

See how much better this looks? No more problems breathing with glasses on!

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Eyes Turning Out… A Little

Posted by themoneyfamily on April 27, 2009

We saw the ophthamologist this afternoon. I brought up the I thought Penny might be a little cross-eyed at times. The problem is, I can’t remember if that’s with her glasses on or not. But it happens with both eyes, just at different times. The good news is that as long as both eyes do it at different times (and not one eye doing it all the time, or even both all the time), it means it’s just a developmental thing. Her eyes are still growing and learning how to work together. Plus, they actually noticed her eyes turning out a bit. A little bit. A smidge. Hardly worth mentioning. Her doctor thinks it’s such a small amount that it’s just developmental too, and will go away on its own. And even if it doesn’t, it’s such a minor surgery to fix that Penny won’t even notice it. He said her cataract surgery was way worse.

So, all in all, Penny is doing great! Her doctor loves seeing her, and she always seems to make his day. We go back in 6-8 weeks (June 11 I believe), and he expects her prescription will have dropped a bit by then. Yay for better vision! Not yay for needing new lenses! But I suppose that every prescription change Penny gets will mean her vision is getting a little better. And in the end that’s all that matters, isn’t it? I bet, by the time when I was just getting glasses (8 years old), Penny will be seeing better than I ever did or ever will.

She is just too cute in her glasses! Everyone tells her so… not that we don’t already know it. We entered a picture of her into the Children’s Eye Foundation photo contest for their calender for 2010. If you wouldn’t mind voting for it, go here. If you don’t know what Penny looks like, the picture is titled “Penny’s Beautiful Eyes”. Last time I checked there was only 48 other pictures with more votes than hers! Haha.

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Farsightedness

Posted by themoneyfamily on March 27, 2009

We saw the doctor again on the 24th. Penny’s eyes have healed great, and she has no membranes. The doc had said there was a 70-80% chance of these membranes growing and they’d need another surgery to get rid of. So yay Penny! Her left eye is still a little bit swollen, but nothing to worry about.

I can’t even imagine what Penny sees. I got my first pair of glasses when I was 8 years old, and I’m nearsighted. With the lens implants the doctor put in, he’s purposely made Penny farsighted. I don’t know what farsighted looks like, except in theory. I know with nearsightedness, what’s far away is blurry and what’s close up is clear. It’s obviously the opposite for farsightedness. But I can’t understand the concept of looking at something right in front of me and not being able to see it.

Knowing that Penny can’t see what’s right in front of her helps. I can’t get my face right up to hers and expect her to see me. I have to lean back a little. And I do see the difference. If I’m too close to her, she won’t look at me or focus on me. When I back up, I get the most beautiful smiles!

But it’s also made me wonder how this will affect her development. She is supposed to be spending I think half an hour a day on her tummy. This is to strengthen her back and neck muscles and prepare her for rolling over and crawling. She hates it! I’m able to do a minute here and a minute there. And it shows… she has a bit of a flat spot on the back of her head from laying down on her back too much. What the “experts” suggest to do tummy time is to place a mirror or a brightly colored toy in front of them when they’re on their tummy. Doing this won’t work with her, because being farsighted means she can’t see things that close to her. So will this mean it takes her longer to roll over or start crawling? Time will tell… or I will in my next post (since I’m actually posting this in April because I forgot to in March).

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