I feel like my life has revolved around glasses adjustments this week. One of the unanticipated (for me, in retrospect, it seems obvious) consequences of Zoe having two pair of glasses is that it doubles the number of frames that might need adjusting.
Friday I took Zoe in to get her red frames adjusted, they were sliding down her nose something fierce (adjustment #1). While we were there, I asked the optician if he’d adjust my glasses, too, since Zoe had commented on them falling down my face that morning. He did (#2) and we went on our way. By that evening, the back of my ears were hurting. By the next day, I could hardly stand to wear my glasses, so I went to my eyeglasses store and got my frames adjusted again (#3). The woman worked with me for about 15 minutes to get the frames right. When I left, the tops of my ears hurt a bit but I figured it would pass. I was wrong. By Sunday, my shoulders were completely knotted up because the pain was so bad. I’m now wearing an old pair of glasses – with an old but decent prescription until I can get in for another adjustment. This reminded me of when I first got my glasses at age 8. I remember the pain on my ears and the side of my head. I would try to adjust my glasses myself to make it better. I think I snapped off the end of my glasses 3 or 4 times, to my parents’ chagrin. But what can you do, when they hurt it’s unbearable.
On to Tuesday, Zoe decides to wear her blue glasses, which are a little crooked from a recent fall. I try to adjust them enough to straighten them, and they look ok, so we head to daycare. When she gets out of the car, I notice her glasses are way down on her nose, I push them up, and she says “No. Glasses down the nose,” and looks at me over the top of her glasses. I try a couple more times with the same result. So back in the car and off to the glasses store (luckily less than 10 minutes away) to adjustment #4. She’s wearing the glasses just fine now.
I plan to get my glasses adjusted (#5) on Friday.
Lessons: poorly adjusted glasses are bad! Having an extra pair of glasses is key, not just for when they break, but also when they’re not fitting right. I need to remember that bad adjustments could keep Zoe from wearing her glasses, or cause her to break them.
Question: do you adjust your child’s (or your own) glasses yourself, or do you normally go to an eye glasses or eye doctor’s office for adjustments? I feel like the employees at the store where we get Zoe’s glasses adjusted see her more often than her grandparents – though that’s probably only true this week.