We took Zoe in to get new frames today. She has a new (slightly weaker) prescription and has really outgrown her current frames. The optician told us she’s grown 3 mm over the year – I assume that’s the spacing between her eyes, but I’m not sure if that’s really a large amount or not. In any case, it was clear that it was time for new frames.
The good news is that Zoe is bigger now, so we had a larger selection of frames. The bad news is that a larger selection of frames means more time subjecting my daughter to the torture of trying on every singe pair that fit, in every color available. We’re nothing if not thorough.
If I ever doubted that her glasses help her see, that doubt is gone. After about 15 minutes of trying on different frames, she’d ask to just put her own glasses on and we’d let her take a break. She seemed so relieved to be able to see. And so confused to be putting on glasses that didn’t help her see.
Even though we love how she looks in wire frames, we ended up ruling out wire frames right now since they would have the nose piece which just looked like it was begging to be snapped off, or at least bent enough to bother her. So we’re moving to plastic frames. The eye glasses store had a buy one, get one half off sale, so we even ordered two frames. What a luxury! If she scratches a lens or breaks a pair – she’ll have a back up! We got one round, red pair and one more rectangular blue pair. I figure she’s starting to develop a sense of style, so we’ll let her pick each day which she wants to wear.
And this leads me to my final question. What do I do with the old pair? Given how small they’ve gotten, and how much her prescription has changed, and the fact that we’ll have 2 pair, it doesn’t seem worth it to keep them as back up. Can I donate them? Even though they’ve been beat up, scratched, thrown, stepped on, and bent nearly beyond recognition?