Prescription sunglasses (not taking it lying down)
Apr23

Prescription sunglasses (not taking it lying down)

Every couple of years I like (as in really don’t like at all) to have a fight to secure my kids some prescription sunglasses. These are not fashion items. They’re not to look cool or funky. They are essential items SO THAT MY CHILDREN CAN SEE IN THE SUN. Yes, I am shouting. Because it winds me up. Glasses for children are free on the NHS. Pretty much. Unless your child has an adult-sized head, like my 11 year old son (who...

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Optician success
Oct15

Optician success

The other day my son broke his glasses. The glasses he’d only had two months, having broken the glasses he’d had for six months before that. Sigh. This is the life of a parent with glasses-wearing kids. So I stuck him in his two-pairs-ago unbroken glasses, which he said hurt his eyes. Not surprising really, as his prescription had changed, and managed to get him an appointment for the same day. His test was nearly due...

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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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‘Free sunglasses’
May02

‘Free sunglasses’

A certain high street optician (OK, it was Specsavers) has recently been advertising free sunglasses for kids. Great. I have a kid (in fact, two) who wears glasses. Can he have his free sunglasses, please?!Er – no. It would seem he can’t.We’re hoping to go abroad in the summer. I suspect my boy will need sunglasses. (My girl got a pair last year, thank goodness, although you can read about our initial attempts to get...

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Eyes, glasses, eye tests and sunglasses….
Aug11

Eyes, glasses, eye tests and sunglasses….

Two of my children wear glasses, so we spend A LOT of time in the optician’s. So much so that all the staff at our large optician’s know my daughter by name, whether or not they have tested her eyes or fitted her glasses in the past. All three of us started wearing glasses in 2009. That year as a family we had ELEVEN eye tests between us. When a very young child needs glasses, they test, test and test again – to find...

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