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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Trouble with Online Glasses
I tried ordering glasses online for Nolan, to save a little money and to get them quickly over the Christmas holidays. With his amblyopia, I want to make sure that we stay on top of prescription changes so that his right eye continues to improve.
Unfortunately, ordering online is really hard with kids. Most sites don't allow you to sort by specific frame size, and what an online site claims is a "small" frame is really a frame that might fit a ten year old. There aren't many frames for small preschoolers online.
I found some "Badger" frames at $39 Eyeglasses and bought them because they were one of the only pairs with a 120mm temple length. The glasses arrived and they were simply too big. The temples were much longer than 120mm (closer to 125mm) and they just didn't fit our little guy's face. This isn't really the fault of the online retailer - small preschoolers can be hard to fit.
I called our local optician's shop the other day and went in to look for glasses that would fit Nolan. He's so small that only ONE pair fit his small face - a pair they had in a drawer underneath all the display glasses. He almost wears an infant sized frame. His new glasses (a Disney frame, with tiny gold Mickey Mouse emblems on the temples) will be ready in a week or two.
We also found that his PD (pupilary distance) had changed in the past six months - not a huge change, but it went from 50mm to 51mm. Getting a proper PD measurement is critical to fitting glasses, so I'm glad I took him in. I tried measuring it myself, but if you have ever tried to do this with a four year old child, you know it is impossible.
In the meantime, the optician adjusted Nolan's online eyeglasses to help them fit better. They're staying up much better since the adjustment. They're still slightly too big (you can see how the lenses are a bit too wide for his face), but at least he's looking through the lenses again.
I learned my lesson - I won't buy online again (for Nolan) unless it is just for sunglasses. In the meantime, we're very grateful that our local optician bent the temples around his ears and fixed the nose pad to keep his current glasses on his face!