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Toddler in Glasses – Not so Cute for the Parents

Well, my daughter Lain has had her glasses for about 3 months now.  Although I knew it wouldn’t be a picnic, I had no idea what we would be in for.  If you think it is a hassle having glasses yourself, try being the parent of a toddler with glasses.  I feel like I have a third child to keep clean,  safe from harm, and keep track of at all times.

No, it was no surprise that the little girl who gets food combed out of her hair every night would get food on her glasses.  But my little girl loves her glasses, so she is always touching them, taking them off, and putting them back on.  Even if her fingers aren’t coated with cheese, soggy crackers or peanut butter, they still leave smear marks and the cutest little fingerprints.  All of this is very difficult to remove.  I use lots of eyeglass cleaner and rub with the special cloth until the glass heats up.  Then I try to perch them carefully on her tiny nose.  This causes a ear-piercing shriek as she indicates that she wants to put them on all by herself.  She carefully takes them by the stems, puts them over her ears and then carefully grabs the lenses with all her fingers to push them up the bridge of her nose.  This procedure leaves prints on both sides of the lenses. The only thing I can do is wipe the outter lenses while they are on her face and leave the inside glass prints alone.  To take them off again and clean would only result in a repeat of the above.

Cleaning the glasses is not only time-consuming but needs to be done a hundred times a day.  I hate to compromise on my child’s sight.  I mean, helping her see better is the whole reason she has these glasses.  But I have other demands on my time.  I have no choice but to limit the cleaning pf them to once or twice an hour and the rest of the time let her run around, focusing on objects through smears, crusty marks, and fingerprints until I have a free moment or she runs into the wall.

On the bright side, I think I am luckier than many parents of children with glasses.  She loves wearing them, and so she keeps them on most of the time. There is only a time or two a day that I have to track them down or pick them up before she sits on them or leaves them where her brother might accidently step on them.

She is also very gentle with her things, including her glasses.  However, she is a toddler. ..forgetful and clumsy.  She has had the glasses for 3 months and we have taken them in to be adjusted and repaired 3 times!  The last time was a close call when she tripped and landed on her face.  Her poor chubby face barely saved her glasses from total annihilation.  Not without a price, as they cut up the area around the outside of her eye.  She got healing kisses from Mommy and then we rushed off to the eye doctor.  Or I should say, the eyeglass repair place in the eye doctor’s office.  After her fall and being comforted by Mommy, she tried to put the glasses back on.  When she realized that they were too broken to wear,  a fresh outburst of tears started up again.  So off to the eyeglass place to have them repaired ASAP.

Here we are today.   The glasses are repaired and in their place of honor on her dresser while she sleeps.  Three months into a life-time of Lain wearing glasses.  I know that this is only the beginning of the story.  We have yet to venture into eyeglasses with sports, teasing, contact lenses, and fashion. Look here in the future for the continuation of our adventures with Lain’s glasses.


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