Glasses for a Three Year Old

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A few months ago, we noticed that our three year old’s eyes were crossing when he looked at things up close. Not long after that, he started crossing them at medium distances, as well. Needless to say, we decided to get him checked out. Much to our surprise, we found out that he’s far-sighted. Apparently, this is pretty common at his age, and he has a very good chance of growing out of it. But in the mean time, he needed to get glasses so he doesn’t become conditioned to crossing his eyes when looking at things up close.

Since we both have 20/20 vision (don’t hate us) we have pretty much no experience when it comes to glasses. According to the eye doctor, the most important part of fitting his glasses was to make sure that the line on his bifocals split the pupil (yes, a three year old with bifocals!). Because of this, we ended up going to a high-end optician that the eye doctor recommended to get his glasses fitted. Unfortunately, his glasses tended to slip down his nose and, after three failed attempts to get this fixed, we ended up seeking a second opinion. This time the new optician fitted his frames with ‘cables,’ which go on the ends of the temples (the side pieces) and loop around the back of his ears. Although they looked a bit cumbersome at first, they match the frames well, and they’re hardly noticeable when he’s wearing his glasses. And more importantly, his glasses now fit great and he’s adjusted well to using them.

What we’ve learned thus far: Three year olds and glasses don’t mix. We really wish that we had bought ‘flex’ frames (the really bendy ones), as he’s constantly tweaking, bending, or otherwise trashing his glasses. In fact, he’s already done such a number on them that we’re having the frames replaced this week (under warranty, thankfully), just a month after he started wearing them. Unfortunately, we were in a hurry to get his glasses (we were headed out of town), and the flex frames had to be special ordered. And we could have very easily gone somewhere much cheaper and had the same (if not better) results.

Published on January 2nd, 2006 - 6 Comments
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  1. I’ve had glasses since the 2nd grade, and all I have to say about glasses for kids is –

    If they offer any sort of extended warranty – buy it!!! Many times these are intended for adults – I’ve gone through 3 pairs in 1 year easily. “Scratch-resistant” apparenly doesn’t include the gravel on playgrounds when playing tag 😉

    Comment by Jonathan — Jan 4th 2006 @ 4:53 pm
  2. We feel your pain.

    We put glasses on our three-year-old this year for an early form of lazy eye. That was eight months ago; he is on his third pair of frames! Thank goodness we got the insurance!

    They are not the super-bendy ones; our optometrist them did not offer them for some reason, and we weren’t aware of them as an option. We have since learned. The next time we have to pay for frames, we are going elsewhere, and we ARE getting the bendy ones…

    Comment by Daytonscott — Jan 9th 2006 @ 9:42 am
  3. Thanks for the post — I found it very useful as our 3 year old is going to be needing glasses. We may get the flex glasses on your recommendation (our son’s eye doctor also recommended them)!

    Comment by Janice — May 26th 2009 @ 7:16 pm
  4. My 3 year old is getting his first pair for the same reason (crossing eyes). I opted for the plastic bendy frames because he destroys everything. They should be in this week. I’m hoping they work out!o

    Comment by Noelia — Jan 31st 2011 @ 8:02 pm
  5. Well it is nice to know we are not the only ones with a 3 year old in glasses. Our son eye crossed when he looked at things so I took him to get eyes check and of course a little one doesn’t like to get those tests done. He is in glasses all the time and we have to go back in a month to get recheck to make sure they the right prescription. We also got the flex frames and I love them.

    Comment by Jennifer — Oct 3rd 2011 @ 1:35 pm
  6. We found out this morning that our 3 yr. old son needs glasses and as I searched I found a brand called “miraflex”. they are made for kids and I think we will give them a try. I will let you know how it goes.
    Thank you for writing about the ones you have tried.

    Comment by Anna — Mar 26th 2012 @ 4:17 pm

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