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Monday, March 26, 2012

Asher's Glasses

Every day Asher gets compliments on his glasses, and every day I run into a parent who has never seen them before, including a friend of mine who is an ophthalmologist and has a son with DS in middle school.

So, here's the 411 on Asher's glasses!

Angela got her first pair of glasses at age 7, the same age Asher is now. We tried several different brands, the most recent being Specs4us which are designed to accommodate the unique physical characteristic of many people who have DS. They are also very affordable. Well, I've lost track of how many time we've had to replace the nose pieces of them, or have them bent back into shape. And she had three pairs of them (I bought all three at once) and had the same problem with each pair.

When it was time to choose Asher's glasses, we went to Glasses Menagerie here in our area, who specializes in fitting kids with unique facial differences.  Interestingly they won't carry Specs4us anymore because of the same problems Angela had with hers.  Asher's glasses are made by Centrostyle. They are extremely comfortable, not to mention durable.

These are pictures off their website:

First of all, the most distinctive feature is the ear piece! This is completely adjustable, sliding along the bow so you can make the glasses sit looser or tighter against the face. It does NOT move easily so don't worry about the kids making their own adjustments.
The next feature that I really love is the rubber. The back side of the glasses, and the nose area are rubber, which means they don't slide around like other glasses do. 
And here's how they sit on Asher. 



Asher has had his glasses for two months now, and I don't have one single complaint. They are durable, they fit very well, and can be adjusted by an adult as he grows. That means we only need to replace the lens as needed instead of the entire frame. Although they come with a hefty price tag, I highly recommend these frames!

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Thank you thank you. I remember seeing this but somehow remembered it being a db post. Taking this info with me. Thank you again!