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Does anyone have a young child in glasses?

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Catsu Fri 16-Nov-12 19:47:18

Dd is 14 months old and have found out yesterday that her vision is v poor snd she needs glasses.
Have appt tomorrow at specsavers to get info and look at their glasses.

Any advice on what questions to ask? What to look for in frames? How to get her to wear them???

blanksquit Fri 30-Nov-12 22:59:58

That sounds familiar. We just kept putting them back on and trying to distract. It took ages (years) for her to want to wear them. And they were often hidden in obscure places - down the garden once.

When she's a bit older, they make prescription goggles for swimming which you can buy online. I didn't realise for ages and hadn't grasped that my dd couldn't see what the swimming teacher was demonstrating.

Good luck! One day she'll surprise you by demanding her glasses the minute she gets up.

Catsu Thu 29-Nov-12 07:26:21

Thanks, will try the toy glasses on dolls and teddies!
She got her glasses yesterday and so far hates then and hasn't kept them on for more than a couple of seconds at a tine!

BarryShitpeas Tue 27-Nov-12 23:25:56

Just a tip for encouraging them to wear their glasses is to make cardboard glasses for all the dolls, teddies etc, so they get to play eye hospitals and optitians with their toys.

WakeyCakey Sun 25-Nov-12 20:16:46

Dispensing optician even...apparently can't spell my own job title...silly phone grin

WakeyCakey Sun 25-Nov-12 20:15:23

I wouldn't worry too much about whether it is an independent or large multiple. I have worked in both and tbh they will all take it very seriously.
the dispersing optical will bot give glasses that don't fit properly. they will check fit incredibly thoroughly so be well assured your child will be put first.

as for breaks and losses they are covered on the nhs so don't get too worked up about it. I've also worn glasses since 8 months so I know what its like to be a child wearing them.

LO will be in very safe hands. but if when you go you don't feel totally happy or comfortable find somewhere that you do. make sure you ask 100 questions if you need to. We've seen children of all ages and all personalities so will have any information you need. good luck!

TrinityRhino Mon 19-Nov-12 22:04:16

I use our local independent one

they are all very kind and they get to know the kids very well

TrinityRhino Mon 19-Nov-12 22:03:21

dd1 was in glasses from about 2
I've always worn glasses though so it was easy to get her to wear be like mummy

gecko also started wearing them at 4

I started at about 14 months

in my parents and my experience kids get used to it very quickly

you'll be fine smile

cheekyginger Mon 19-Nov-12 22:01:00

Good luck Catsu,

Dont worry too much if they get broken. Your optician can put through a replacement voucher. They will be used to replacing children's glasses a lot!!

For anyone else out there that has a concern about their childs eyes. If they are under 3 go to your health visitor or GP and they can refer you onto an Orthoptist, who specialise in assessing childrens eyes. grin

Catsu Mon 19-Nov-12 21:50:28

Thanks so much for all the replies!
I only got her eyes tested as the health visitor at her 12 month check noticed a slight squint (I hadn't!) so we were referred to the hospital eye dept who said she is very long sighted. She is +7 in both eyes (although her glasses arev+3.5 as they didn't want to give her full strength straight away)
We went to a few opticians at the weekend and were most impressed with the local independent one. I'm going back with dd this week to get her fitted and measured. I think we will go for the metal frames with curly bits round the ears.
Those of you who paid for the bend anywhere frames. Where did you find those? None of the opticians I went into could get in anything like that...

blanksquit Mon 19-Nov-12 21:37:07

In reply to Rule: I paid for some extra bendy ones when mine was a toddler because she needed something sturdier than what was offered for free.

We do get free ones now she's older and some opticians will thin the lenses for free and others won't. If they've got a prescription of +7 like mine, the lenses do need thinning otherwise they're very thick and heavy.

BigFatSpider Mon 19-Nov-12 19:28:23

DS had his first pair at 4.4 - probably could've done with them considerably earlier, but his poor sight was only picked up at a 'getting ready for Reception' test that the health visitor recommended before he went into the school system. He's very long-sighted (+7.5 in right eye, +5.5 in left) and luckily took to his glasses really well. We use Specsavers and I find them brilliant - staff are great with children, good choice of frames, always happy to repair or re-fit on the spot, no charge for repairs or for thinning of his lenses. I hardly recognise him without his specs now!

LoosingBattle Mon 19-Nov-12 19:06:22

DD has worn glasses since she was 15 months, she is now nearly 3. We ave never had any bother with keeping them on and couldn't imagine her without them now.

Yesterday DD broke her glasses and her spare pair were at my mums. We went into the opticians this morning and got them mended. When she put them on for the first time since yesterday she announced in this amazed voice - "I can see!" I was just about in tears thinking of when she didn't have glasses that she couldn't see but was too young to tell us. sad

sausagesandwich34 Mon 19-Nov-12 19:03:55

dd had the free ones up until being 7yo but the last couple of times they had been very meh!

chocolateistheenemy Mon 19-Nov-12 18:59:00

No, you don't pay. Yes there is always the option to upgrade or have lenses thinned but ime the free frames are all great, any adjustments are done free of charge, broken glasses are replaced etc. DS gets two pairs on NHS and prescription sunglasses! No complaints in the chocolate house...

sausagesandwich34 Mon 19-Nov-12 18:58:29

NHS vouchers cover the lenses and some frames

those frames are not brilliant!

RuleBritannia Mon 19-Nov-12 18:51:46

Am I reading correctly that you have to pay for children's spectacles? I thought that, like sight tests, they were free. I know you have to give crutches back at the end of your need but you get them free, don't you? We get hearing aids free so why can't children have free spectacles. They are a necessity. Or is it that you don't like the NHS spectacles so choose to pay for private ones? <just being inquisitive>

blanksquit Mon 19-Nov-12 18:41:54

Mine's worn glasses since age 2. We noticed that in photos her pupils weren't in the right places i.e. if one was in the middle of one eye, the other was at the side. We went via the GP (who couldn't see a problem) but referred us due to my dh having had a squint. We got an appointment at the hospital three months later - by which time it was a very obvious squint. She was diagnosed as being very long sighted.

We had hospital appointments firstly every three months then every six months for several years. She's recently been signed off (age 7).

Initially we paid for frames with double bending side arms and curly ears. Some independent opticians have more of a range than others. It took her years to get used to them. Just kept putting them back on. She wore them more once she started nursery and had nowhere to put them. She had phases of hiding them down the garden and in games boxes.

After a couple of years, we went with a well known high street chemist chain. Because some of the independent chains were charging to thin lenses and wanted an insurance payment for repairs. Whereas the chemist don't. The staff have known her five years now and are always very kind. They do all repairs free and don't charge us a penny for the frames and thinned lenses. We generally need repairs at least once a month - not just because my dd leaves them in odd places where people tread on them, but also because other dc have a tendency to pull them off and break them (especially at nursery age).


BartimaeusNeedsMoreSleep Mon 19-Nov-12 13:40:32

My friend's DS started wearing them aged 14 months. He has completely flexible, impossible to break ones (no idea how!). They showed us just how bendy they are, you can even bend them back to front...

She was told to gradually work up to wearing them. So an hour in the morning, hour in the afternoon and so on, preferably over a week.

First day she gave them to him he refused to give them back grin

chipmonkey Mon 19-Nov-12 13:27:26

I have tested a four month old. You don't get a whole lot of co-operation at that age but you can usually ascertain reasonably well, whether there is a problem.

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 19-Nov-12 12:55:47

Mono1 you can take your DC for an eye test any time - I took DS when he was about 10mo as I was worried he might have inherited my squint. I was amazed at what the optician (I went to a small independent which specialises in childhood squints) was able to tell just from showing DS a few cards with different things printed on them.

chipmonkey Mon 19-Nov-12 10:57:51

Refuseniks: Sadly mostly you just have to keep putting them back on!
This can be really difficult with some children with SN's who are hypersensitive and hate the feeling of anything at all on their heads. But usually the clearer, more comfortable vision wins through!

MrsGrieves Mon 19-Nov-12 01:36:23

I thought ds had that one white eye in a photo thing at 6 months, which lead to an optometrist appt at the hospital, he was fine but diagnosed as long sighted. He got glasses at about 2 iirc, but tbh getting him to wear them was impossible, not sure if they were the wrong prescription or not as he basically refused to keep them on.

At his last appointment it was discovered he has a lazy eye, (he has just turned 3) and now has a patch, weirdly enough since the patch was introduced, he now happily wears both patch and glasses all day hmm.

Anyway yes he wears glasses, we just went to specsavers tbh, we could do with a second pair as he is always losing his. We seem to have quite frequent visits to the hospital tbh. Sometimes they say "oh we will see you on the 20th dec" for eg, then a random other appt will turn up for before then confused.

I don't have any tips for refuseniks, ds I reckon either just matured a bit, or suddenly realised the glasses help him see, gawd knows.

madwomanintheattic Mon 19-Nov-12 01:22:49

<dd2 was v blonde and because she drooled for Britain she wore a bandana all the time. We used to get strangers in the street going 'hey, it's the milky bar kid!' > grin

She was v cute. I can't imagine her without her specs now.

madwomanintheattic Mon 19-Nov-12 01:21:14

Definitely go for an independent - you are going to be spending a lot of time there and will need to build up a relationship with an individual! Get curl sides and a silicone nose bridge - if she isn't yet walking or is still at the falling over and tripping stage, you might want to try a neoprene band... But some kids don't get on with them.

Most important of all - get a voucher for a second pair from the eye hospital. It will be essential, as when they are repairing the first pair, she can wear the second, and by the time the first pair are repaired, she will have broken the second... It's a bit of a round robin. So make sure you buy identical ones, too, so that you can mix and match for repairs whilst they order in the truly knackered spares... Dd2's lovely indie had a wee box for all the spare parts so that he could try and keep one pair on the go... (Oh, and we had a brand new pair every year. They really don't last).

It will be fine!

Ihatecobwebs Mon 19-Nov-12 01:10:35

DS has worn high prescription glasses since he was 2. At the eye hospital I was advised about what to get him. Basically, round lenses so he couldn't look round them and curly arms. I went to my local optician, second one I tried, as the first just said that the frames on show were what they had so I left.

Second one (an independent) was very helpful, ordered in some frames for us to try. They are very good at mending bent, damaged glasses, and have not charged me for anything yet.

DS was not too keen on wearing them at first, but I explained that he would not be able to do some things unless he did, eg watch television, and so he quickly learnt they were necessary. Did help that both I and DH wear glasses. Also, some friends' children wear glasses so I made a point of pointing them out (as he was the only one at pre-school who wore them and felt a bit "different" at first. Now he is 5, and they are a completely natural part of his life.

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