We Have a Toddler With Glasses

Emily’s toddler glasses are here. They’re rubbery and lavender, and have a thin strap that goes around her little noggin to ensure they stay firmly perched on her little nose.  They’re made by Miraflex. The strap comes off, but I don’t think we’ll reach that milestone for a while, because she’s still running around like a bull in a china shop.

She’s doing amazingly well with them. Counter to my initial fears, she’s kept them on all week with minimal prompting and a few well-placed bribes — one of which has introduced her to the sugary world of M&M’s. “Candy!” Hey, at least she’s naming each color before she pops 5 of them into her mouth at a time. Another now has her constantly asking to watch nursery rhymes on YouTube. Wait — maybe bribing wasn’t such a good idea! But the glasses are staying on, and that’s all that matters.

When we picked up the glasses, I finally had a moment to ask what the exact prescription is — Emily’s protests and crying at the end of our appointment at the pediatric ophthalmologist made me forget to ask just *how* bad her sight is. We knew her eyes were crossing sometimes (the right more often than the left). But it turns out she’s fairly farsighted in both eyes — the glasses are made for +3.00 correction in both eyes.

Only time will tell if she needs them forever. But for now, they’re working, and that’s all we can ask for.

Toddler glasses

Rockin’ her new glasses and saying “cheese!”



Our Toddler Needs Glasses!

Having a pair of terrible eyes myself — a lazy eye that needed glasses and patching, astigmatism, one nearsighted eye and one farsighted — I knew this day would come for Miss Frugalista. I just didn’t think it would come at the young age of 2.

Our toddler just turned 2 on Groundhog Day. A few weeks before that, everyone started noticing that her right eye was turning inward now and then, especially when she was tired. I had the ophthalmologist’s card in my purse when we went for her well visit, where the pediatrician also noticed her eyes. Three weeks later, we were at the pediatric eye doctor’s office, where it was confirmed that Miss Frugalista has a case of “accommodative estropia” — lazy eye due to farsightedness and trouble focusing. The eyes cross (‘accommodate’) in order to focus to see properly.

At this point, we don’t need to put a patch over her “good” eye or, what would be more likely for our energetic little bunny, use blurring eye drops in the good eye.  Instead, the pediatric ophthalmologist believes glasses will be sufficient to correct the issue.

Glasses on a very active, very opinionated 2-year-old are apt to break and not be worn. Right now, they’re making her eyeglasses, which will have a lavender silicone frame with a strap that goes around the head to help a toddler keep them on. Those are $80. The lenses will be scratch-resistant and super lightweight. Those are $160.

They will also be unfashionably round. This is what they’ll look like.


I think we should start a pool to see how long it will take until she wears them full time, as indicated.

So much for potty training. Someone’s getting a short reprieve on that!