It’s a question that has torn families apart, ended friendships, started feuds. Ok, not really. But the question seems to come up a lot. Do you prefer wire frames or plastic frames for your child? What have you found to be pros and cons of each? If your child has worn glasses for a while now, has your preference changed with your child’s age?
We started Zoe with a pair of wire-frame glasses. I loved how they looked, and while they did get bent out of shape, they were easily re-shaped (I know some of the flex frames are designed to not get bent out of shape as often). The saddle bridge kept them up on her nose, and they rarely slid.
Since then, we’ve always gotten plastic frames. We couldn’t find metal frames that had the saddle bridge on the nose piece, and we worried that frames with nose pads would have the pieces break off or cause discomfort – her sunglasses have nose pads, and they’ve never fit right on her nose, no matter how many times we’ve taken them in for adjusting. Her plastic frames need a lot fewer adjustments, and seem a bit more sturdy. But they slide down her nose a lot more, and when they are sitting on her face correctly, they sit closer to her eyes, and so get brushed by her eye lashes more often. (I’ve noticed this with my latest pair of glasses – also plastic that sit right on my nose – these things get dirty all the time – usually with eyelid prints on the inside of the lenses. If mine get so dirty so often, I assume that Zoe’s are dirty all the time).
So where do you fall in the question of plastic vs metal frames?