Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Glasses!

Elsie's glasses arrived on Monday. I haven't posted any pictures of her yet because we are still getting used to them and had to work out a few little kinks. But I think we're finally ready . . . here's some quick info first:

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 :)













What you lookin' at?

16 comments:

  1. ADORABLE!!! I'm glad you could find something that would work for the little cutie!

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  2. As if she wasn't already the cutest thing ever! SO, SO stinkin' cute!! I love how she looks right at you. I love them! I love YOU! :)

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  3. See, I told you she'd be just as adorable as ever!

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  4. LOVE the pictures!!!... and the girl, of course!

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  5. The family that rents grandma's apartment downstairs have a baby (well, she's almost three, but seriously delayed) and she was telling me all about her daughter's glasses which are what you have found!! They make this little ladies look smart beyond their years!

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  6. Those are the cutest things I have ever seen! LOVE!

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  7. The best part is you know if she goes the swimming route, she'll be a looker! Very cute.

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  8. P.S. The kids like the "What you lookin' at" picture best.

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  9. So so cute!!! You should have also posted the granny picture! xoxo

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  10. So cute! I'm glad you like the Miraflex. I sometimes feel like I'm advertising for them, too. But they're just so great! And I cannot believe his many people ask us if they're real... seriously, people! Get used to it. That and "How did you know she needed glasses?!" Elsie is so cute!

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  11. Darling little baby. Has Evje tried them on yet?

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  12. I love them and her in them. What a great choice. The glasses comments by parents are some of the most stupid comments ever. I wish I could rant and say, how do you know your kid doesn't need them, but usually they are genuinely interested and never saw a baby in glasses before.

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  13. My retort to the "How did you know she needed glasses" would be
    "Well duh! She couldn't read the eye chart!"

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  14. Elsie is adorable...no surprise there. But I'm very curious, how does an optometrist do an eye exam and determine a prescription on a baby?

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  15. With that adorable face, I totally handled the picture-overload so well. Anyway, I hope that Elsie is comfortable with them on, and that the prescription is enough to correct her eyesight. It's sad to see a little angel like her suffering like that, but I'm sure she'll get better soon enough. Thanks for sharing that! I'm wishing her all the best with the rest of the treatment!

    Doris Gibbs @ Moody Eyes

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