The brand of glasses we got are called Miraflex . Basically, they're the coolest thing ever for babies/small children who need to wear glasses. Before we found out about Miraflex, we naively and optimistically stopped by our local Standard Optical to see what our options were. Basically, they had one pair of metal frames that almost fit her little face, and with insurance, they would cost $300. Not counting the lenses, of course, that would be an additional charge. Also, we didn't love how the metal frames looked, not that looks are the most important thing ever, but like my niece Riley said when she saw the picture, Elsie looked like an old lady. I hated it. We were also hit with a reality check: how on earth were we going to keep the glasses on this wiggly baby? She managed to rip off all of the pairs that we tried on at Standard Optical. I started to feel quite discouraged again.
I did some research and asked around (I have the best resources--thanks to Diana, Chantel, and Mona for helping me out and encouraging me!), and found a few places in Salt Lake City that carried the Miraflex frames. Then, even better, I found out that there is one single optometrist office in my little town that carries them! Hooray, one less reason to have to drive to the big city!
Let me tell you about the Miraflex frames. They were designed specifically for children and babies. The frames are made completely out of a soft plastic; no metal pieces or hinges to get broken whatsoever. There is a soft elastic strap that goes around the back of the head to secure the glasses, no yanking them off and throwing them on the floor. They come in a wide variety of colors; we chose a light pink for Elsie's first pair. When you first see them, they kinda look like pretend glasses or play glasses or even swimming goggles (we've already had someone ask if they were real glasses--no, we just thought it would be super fun for our small baby to wear pretend glasses, ha ha), but even though the appearance might be deceiving, there are real lenses in those little frames. They are just extremely child-friendly, and much less expensive than the wire frames we looked at previously.
Nope, this isn't a paid advertisement for Miraflex, but I'd highly recommend them or something similar if your baby or small child ever needs glasses :) Elsie doesn't seem to mind them too much, especially now that we've adjusted the strap to keep them on her face better. The ear pieces extend farther than they should on her little head, but they were the smallest size available, and with the elastic strap to hold them in place, we should be just fine. She gets annoyed with them when she gets tired, so we take them off when she naps, which is probably more comfortable for her anyway.
It's kind of picture-overload, I know, but I'm sure you can handle it :)
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