The contact lenses, the eye test and growing out of glasses
Jan24

The contact lenses, the eye test and growing out of glasses

My younger son started wearing glasses when he was 5. He always wore them all the time and never had a problem with them. Over the years, his eyes gradually got a big worse and he had new ones fairly regularly. Until he started wearing contact lenses at the end of year 6. All of a sudden, he hated glasses. I would like him to wear them once a week to give his eyes a break, especially as he wears monthly contact lenses, so the risk of...

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The final glasses wearer
Feb29

The final glasses wearer

So the final one of my children now wears glasses! Despite the fact that his brother and sister have worn glasses from a very young age (3 for my daughter and 5 for my son), my eldest has never needed them. He’s had regular tests to check, but he’s always been OK. But then, a few weeks ago, he told me he sometimes gets his notes mixed up when reading music. He’s mature enough and self-aware enough to realise this was...

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The wet Saturday and the mum taxi
Feb09

The wet Saturday and the mum taxi

A few weeks ago, my eldest said he didn’t think he could see as well as used to. So I made him an eye test appointment for a Saturday morning. It was the only thing on the calendar. Then we discovered my younger son had an away rugby game the same morning. Then my husband informed me he was going to a football match that day. Finally, my eldest informed me he was going on an 18 mile night hike and camp that day. Suddenly, the...

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Kids’ eyes – Get them tested!
Aug21

Kids’ eyes – Get them tested!

Do you know just 19% of under 16s take their free eye test? Eye tests in children have been declining for about 10 years now. As a mum to two glasses wearers, I know just how important they are. I got my boys tested just before they started school. It seemed like the right thing to do. My eldest was fine – and still is. But the optician recommended he have an annual test, which he’s done ever since. I thought my younger...

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New sunglasses (the power of social media)
May17

New sunglasses (the power of social media)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the difficulties of getting getting reasonably priced prescription sunglasses for my 9 year old son. Apparently you can get free prescription sunglasses. But we’re not eligible for them and we were being quoted huge amounts of money for glasses which he will certainly need, but only for brief periods of time. Which I am therefore not willing to pay £94 for. Yes, £94. Have you seen adverts for...

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