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#1 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:58 PM

I have been wearing glasses for 34 years. Thus I feel ridiculous asking this question, however I was never a klutzy small boy ...

Any tips, hints, or other general information about how to help a 9yo boy who has been and will remain gangly and awkward and completely uncoordinated for years, with caring for his glasses?

I don't care if my kids have to wear glasses, DD1 wears them, I just wanted to cry because he's the one kid I have who couldn't take care of them sad.gif He chose a cool Star Wars pair and we pick them up in about 2.5 weeks. But how do I make sure they don't get broken?!?!?!?!

#2 livvie7586

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:05 PM

what does he need them for?  i'm short sighted, and therefore have my glasses on from the moment i get out of bed until the moment i go to bed (only take them off to shower), so there isn't a huge chance for them to get broken (as long as they fit well, i have had glasses get scratched as they were loose and fell off).

Long sighted-train him to put them straight in a case when taken off (and have more then 1 case).

And if for some reason he takes a tumble when wearing them and they break, there really isn't much that was going to save them anyway

#3 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

Short sighted. I will pick up an extra case, thanks. I don't use them nor does DD1, but I think having them in a case will help DS!

*crosses her fingers against taking tumbles* ...

#4 morgansacre

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:10 PM

For my DS and my other two DDs I chose the ones that the arms bend backwards....these take a lot to break. I never in fact had to replace them except for new lenses.

Lynn

#5 livvie7586

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

QUOTE (howdo @ 02/01/2013, 02:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Short sighted. I will pick up an extra case, thanks. I don't use them nor does DD1, but I think having them in a case will help DS!

*crosses her fingers against taking tumbles* ...


NP original.gif  i'd have a case by his bed, a case near the computer/in the lounge room, a case at school etc, etc pretty much anywhere that they are likely to be taken off.  Plus i'd have some fairly dire consequences at the ready if the glasses are found off his face but not in a case (just something that will make him think about what he's doing quick smart).

#6 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

My DS has been wearing them since he was 5, and to be honest we pretty much live at the optometrists getting them fixed  sad.gif .

He has 2 pairs, but seems to be forever breaking them.  Often it's just wear and tear - screws fall out, which lead to lenses falling out etc.  Sometimes he has dropped them.  Or stood on them  mellow.gif

The good thing is that generally the optometrist can fix them without charge.  Depending on what is wrong with them  original.gif

#7 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

QUOTE (morgansacre @ 02/01/2013, 02:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For my DS and my other two DDs I chose the ones that the arms bend backwards....these take a lot to break. I never in fact had to replace them except for new lenses.

Lynn

I haven't seen these for quite a while. sad.gif

#8 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:18 PM

QUOTE (♥~Bodhichitta~♥ @ 02/01/2013, 02:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My DS has been wearing them since he was 5, and to be honest we pretty much live at the optometrists getting them fixed  sad.gif .

He has 2 pairs, but seems to be forever breaking them.  Often it's just wear and tear - screws fall out, which lead to lenses falling out etc.  Sometimes he has dropped them.  Or stood on them  mellow.gif

The good thing is that generally the optometrist can fix them without charge.  Depending on what is wrong with them  original.gif

See that is what worries me!

At least the outlay after health insurance was only $26 ...

#9 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:19 PM

I think you'll just have to accept that they are going to get broken. Repair them with sticky tape and he'll soon learn.  biggrin.gif

#10 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:21 PM

He did try on a pair of Harry Potter ones ... LOL

#11 decisionsdecisions

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:28 PM

We had been through numerous pairs of glasses with my very active/sporty six year old in the 18 months that he had been wearing them....until we found Adidas youth frames (we chose plastic ones).  They have bendy arms behind the ear so stay in place all the time.  We have not once been back to have them adjusted or repaired in the 5 months he has had them.  They are also backed by a manufacturers guarantee for 2 years - repair or replace no matter whether you step on them, run them over with a lawn mower, etc (examples given by retailer).  The only thing they won't cover them for is if you lose them...fair enough.


Having sung their praises it will be my luck that they break tomorrow!!!



#12 HRH Countrymel

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

QUOTE (morgansacre @ 02/01/2013, 02:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I chose the ones that the arms bend backwards....these take a lot to break. I never in fact had to replace them except for new lenses.



QUOTE (howdo @ 02/01/2013, 02:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I haven't seen these for quite a while. sad.gif


I got some for my Dad only 2 months ago.  They are still out there howdo!  It was the type of hinge rather than the arm itself.


* yeah... just to make you feel a bit worse OP - Dad has been wearing glasses since he was a three year old, he's now 80 and - ah - he's still breaking/losing them!

#13 PatG

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

The ones with sprung hinges are less likely to get broken.  I broke a few pairs when I was 4-5......  I think I tried to blame the dog once.

#14 MiSS_E

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

Can't you get glasses insurance from the optometrist? I am sure I saw something about this in a store recently.

#15 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

Yeah see, I NEVER broke mine - not even as a 5yo!!!

DS has broken 3 pairs of DH sunglasses, his own sunnies and three pairs of Harry Potter Dress Ups.  rolleyes.gif

Here's hoping he'll be a bit more careful with his own actual spectacles!!!

#16 ~Mo+Moosh~

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

My 5 year old has had glasses for about 10 months and surprisingly has not broken them. We've had to have them tightened a few times but he has been quite responsible with them, mainly in part because he knows what a difference they make.

We get a 2 pairs for the price of 1 deal at our optometrist and that's handy in case of breakage or them being lost.

My little boy has a Star Wars pair too and I think he looks very handsome in them  wub.gif

#17 SCARFACE CLAW

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

OPSM has insurance which you can take out on glasses. I think it was $25 to take it out, then if the glasses get broken the excess is another $25 and they replace them. DH and I both got the insurance when we got new glasses as with toddlers / babies there's a good chance of glasses being ripped off faces and thrown happy.gif

#18 Canberra Chick

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:55 PM

Plastic lenses and those bendy 'memory' frames are the way to go. If you cannot get the special frames, invest in a little set of mini screwdrivers. I know as a kid I was always working the screws loose that fixed the legs to the front... Oh and a pack of spare nose pads to recover the nose supports, if they're that sort of frame.

#19 *-*

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:00 PM

I have 3 in glasses  - No history of eye problems in the families either huh.gif


Anyway - my only advice.  They are going to break, there will be issues, it's just something to accept.  Go with the longest warranty you can.

DS wears addidas frames, exy at $300 for frames only - However they have a 2 year unconditional warranty.  If he snaps them in half in a fight - they will replace them.  Well worth the extra $$

#20 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

I have trouble accepting that there *will* be breaking sad.gif I suspect there will be, but I never broke any and nether did DD1. It seems so positively heinous to contemplate that anyone would treat such important objects with less than reverence!!!

Here's hoping I will be pleasantly surprised ...

#21 be_a_butterfly

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

I took out insurance at OPSM lol.

My son was one I was worried about he doesnt seem to take care of much but he has surprised me with his glasses, apart from his grubby finger prints all over them he has looked after them. It also helps his teacher has made sure they stay in the classroom at lunch, my ds only needs them for school work and tv.




#22 unicycle

Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

I now get my glasses online through Clearly Contacts. Much cheaper and you can have a spare pair to use for times you know the glasses might get trashed. You can often get a discount code.
Just ask the optometrist for the script, If you feel embarrassed, say you are going overseas and it is for if he breaks them there!
Get a hinged pair. I was taught to always place my glasses upright or on the side so that the glass doesn't scratch.
When he is old enough, get him contact lenses. I am much clumsier with glasses and have no peripheral vision.
Also, if he is quite short-sighted, get bigger lenses, so he has greater range of vision. Luckily, bigger glasses are now becoming popular amongst the trendy.

#23 Frockme

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

I'd get a band put on them so if they fall they hang around his neck. Also he won't lose them as they can hang round his neck if he has to take them off. The chains aren't just nana ones any more. I'm sure you could find some for kids! I know the cancer council have the but google is your friend if he has a character or footy team he likes!

#24 *-*

Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

QUOTE (howdo @ 02/01/2013, 03:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have trouble accepting that there *will* be breaking sad.gif I suspect there will be, but I never broke any and nether did DD1. It seems so positively heinous to contemplate that anyone would treat such important objects with less than reverence!!!

Here's hoping I will be pleasantly surprised ...


I understand where you are coming from.  I do.  We have had DS in them for 12 months.  He has broken the hinge once.  Not bad going, really.

I went in with the attitude that they would be less looked after than that of the girls.  I haven't been wrong, but I have been pleasantly surprised... I planned for the worst, anything less was a bonus.

#25 Sue Heck

Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

I got flexible frames for my daughter. It isn't her not looking after the that is a problem as she had them damaged a couple of times from other children  playing around in tne classroom and at sport with a ball in her face.




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