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  • Posted on August 6, 2012 at 8:00 AM

So, I went through the hassle and expense of getting Alex break-resistant glasses, where the glass and the frame would resist breakage. I even asked the lady at the counter if the straps in the picture were necessary, because I knew the strap would be a problem—and I was assured they weren’t necessary.

That is, until we got the glasses. The strap is the only thing keeping the glasses balanced enough to stay on Alex’s face. Rather, it was the only thing keeping the glasses balanced enough to stay on his face.

He didn’t break the glass.

He didn’t break the frame.

But he sure did snap that strap!

Any recommendations?

Is Flexibility Enough?

  • Posted on June 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Not so long ago, Alex got new glasses.  Then, they broke and I was too busy to get them fixed until right before his appointment.  The fix lasted long enough for the eye appointment, and Alex seemed disappointed and upset when they broke again.

The thing of it is, the glasses proved two things.  First, the glasses work, Alex can see better, and he will wear them, though we’re only up to 30 – 50% of the time, depending on the day.  Second, they help with Alex’s wandering eye issue—and the exam today proved that Alex’s worst eye isn’t “shut off” the way the doctor feared it might be.  He still receives visual stimuli from both eyes.

So, the glasses need to be replaced, which the insurance company will pay for.  But Alex needs something a bit less breakable for it to work.  Ideally, something less scratchable, too, but the lady at the optical center was convinced that nothing would really help, considering Alex actually chewed on the lens.  (She’s got a point.)  But still, he needs a frame (the part that broke) that’s a bit more durable.  Alex simply is not gentle with things.

Alex’s eye doctor, who spends far more time with him than the people at the optical center, had a suggestion.  Miraflex produces soft frames they describe as “Flexible and Safe.”  These frames are specifically marketed for babies, young children, and children with special needs.  They also have “Terry Flex” frames that are hard frames without metal hinges, but are also breakable.  We’re looking into the soft frames to start Alex off on and see if they help.  Of course, it’s possible he’ll just chew the frame to bits.  But we’ve got to try.

Unfortunately, the insurance company won’t pay for the unbreakable frames.  We’ll get the replacement pair and hope they last long enough for us to pay out of pocket for the unbreakable frames.  Keeping our fingers crossed!