Thursday, 29 August 2013

New glasses for Miss C

Miss C has Albinism.  This means she needs to be protected from the sun as far as possible.  In particular her eyes need protecting, so she is usually found with a cap on when outside.  We're very fortunate that she has only limited vision problems as part of her Albinism, but she does wear glasses.  At our last visit to the Eye Doctors we asked for tinted versions of her glasses, as these had been the goal, according to the main consultant, of getting her to keep her glasses on.

While we were on holiday in Battle, Sussex we went to the opticians to order her glasses.  It may seem strange to do this while on holiday, but we got her last pair of glasses there and we know they have the soft frames that can't be broken!  The local optician can't get them for some reason.  The frames we buy cost £40 and are made by a company called Mira-flex.  They are definitely worth the extra money - they can be sat on, trodden on, pulled about, thrown and basically take all the abuse that a two year old can give them.  When we talked to the optician I asked if was possible to have reactive lenses rather than just a straight tint.  For an extra £20 it was.  I was really pleased because it will make a big difference if Miss C doesn't have to swap them for her normal ones every time she comes inside.

Miss C in her cool new glasses
As we'd ordered them while on holiday, and they are specialist lenses in a specialist frames, we've had to wait for them to be sent out to us.  Four weeks of waiting and they arrived this morning.  I love them, and Miss C seems pretty happy too.  She will still have to wear a hat on bright days (even if it's overcast), but now I don't have to be quite as paranoid every time we step out the door.  The reactive lenses work really well, too - there's still a slight tint indoors, as they don't go completely clear, but that doesn't affect her vision at all.  It's brilliant to see them suddenly go dark and know they are looking after her eyes.

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23 comments:

  1. She is such a beautiful girl, and now looks ultra cool too ;) Congrats on the new ones, glad they've finally arrived, looks like she likes them too! I prefer them to the red ones x

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    1. I prefer them too - not so dominant of her face. Daddy prefers the red ones.

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  2. What a gorgeous wee girl, and love the new glasses, how fab!

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  3. Those glasses look so cute! I love little ones in specs (my eldest was just 18 months) xx

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    1. Thanks. She's had glasses since she was one and we got back to the UK. Took me a while to be reconcilled to her having them - and for her to get used to wearing them. Because she had them we also had the other three children's eyes tested, and discovered our 4 year old daughter had very poor vision in one eye so needed glasses too. If we'd not had Miss C with glasses, we would never have known about Miss A, and hopefully the glasses are correcting Miss A's vision as we caught it so young.

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  4. how fabulous that you have discovered these!

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    1. They're so great for little ones, I don't know why they don't recommend them to everyone - the cost, I suppose.

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  5. she looks far too cute, what a sweetie!!

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  6. She looks soooo cute, and so grown up!

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    1. I know, really grown up in these ones! Thanks!

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  7. She is so adorable Nicola! I really want to get Yon the same kind of glasses next time we are at the doctor's. So I am going to nag you a bit - is she happy with them? do they bother her at home? or when it's less sunny? She still wears the hat right?
    Sorry to be a nag (ok not sorry at all) ;) x

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    1. Hi Orli, you're not nagging... well, not much, but I've decided nagging is the way forward in life at the moment! She seems pretty happy with them so far. I say that, although she's watching TV at the moment, and when I handed them to her (she'd taken them off) she said, "No, spare ones" - which means her old red ones! However, when I put them on her, she was happy enough, and it's not especially bright in the 'Library' (TV room with lots of books in). Yesterday she was quite happy wearing her hat when we went for a walk, so I don't think that's going to be an issue. She's pretty contrary at times, though, so I shall let you know how we get on after a few weeks.
      And thank you, she is very cute (when she's not hitting me and saying Bad Mummy), and you can't even see the ringlets in this picture!

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    2. Thanks Nicola :) It was just that I heard that some of the kids didn't take too well to the tinted glasses, and I am not sure how it will work with Yon's need for light in order to make things more "sharp", while hating direct light... I guess we will just have to try it out and see.. But I am happy for you that she seems to like them, and the hat. Yon loves his hat, it is only a problem when we need to get him a new one...
      And ringlets or not - she is cute in that photo!

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  8. Soft frames are such a fab idea! Seems strange your local can't order them for you though...

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    1. They are great. I think the trouble is that each optician has certain suppliers they work with and our local doesn't use Mira-flex.

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  9. Such an important reason. Well done you for getting her the right stuff

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    1. It never hurts to ask, does it? I just hope they help her vision to continue to improve.

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  10. Soft frames?! What a great idea... And very reasonable too!!!

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    1. They make so much sense. There was a little baby at the opticians getting fitted for glasses the other day, and I wanted to say to the mother about them. I chickened out because I didn't want to seem interfering!

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  11. Aww what a cutie! She looks super cool :-)
    p.s. you should have told the mum, she'd probably appreciate it x

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    1. I know! I should have said something, but the staff were all fussing around and I was trying to organise my five to leave the shop, and it just felt a bit awakward when I know that these opticians can't get these frames! If Miss C had been wearing her glasses at the time, I might have pointed them out, but we'd rushed out the house without them that morning. #mummyfail!

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