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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Getting contact lenses
Jun01

Getting contact lenses

I know lots of people wear contact lenses, but nobody in our family does. In fact, I’ve never even SEEN a contact lens before (yes, I know, I’ve led a very sheltered life). So when my younger son announced he’d like contact lenses before he started secondary school, I had no idea what to expect. We made an appointment and I expected they’d give him an eye test. I also expected we’d have to order them and...

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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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