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Free home eye test

To find out if you qualify for a free home eye test, check the NHS website.

Students pay more attention

We now go to a University eye clinic where final year optometry students are supervised and put through their paces. This has been well worth the extra time spent travelling as we get a longer examination which is supervised.

Alternatives for comfort and to keep them on

It’s worth asking the optician what alternatives there are to ordinary frames. Some do goggles or sports type glasses with an elastic strap rather than arms or the sort of arms that have hooks behind the ears. Each individual person will react differently to each type so be patient and see which type can be tolerated and for how long. I have heard of soft contact lenses being prescribed under certain circumstances.

Glasses for Down's syndrome

George has Down’s syndrome. We found that glasses don’t fit the shape of his face well so we changed the 'bridge' to one long plastic piece which fits better.

Build up the comfort level

We started with a few minutes at a time wearing glasses when Erin’s hands were busy playing with a toy. We then built up the time when she was playing with toy or watching TV. As soon as she realised she could see better she kept them on.

Be positive

We let Tracy choose her own frames and went overboard about how good she looks specially because we have no family role-models of glasses wearers. She is quite enjoying them.

Staying on

We use sports straps to keep glasses in place - very useful for people who may try to pull them off.

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