The Un-Patching Post Followed By New Pink Glasses

O has been patching her right eye 4 hours a day for about a month. She does well keeping it on and she even thinks it is pretty. I had no clue she’d be so cooperative but I’m relieved that its been fairly easy for her. In the last week or so we have noticed her right eye turning inward. The left eye is the one that would cross so that was strange. I called the Pediatric Opthalmologist and told them what we were seeing. I was shocked when I was told that its a good sign. See, if her right eye is turning inward then that means the brain is choosing to use the left eye… thats the entire reason we were patching: so that the brain would learn to use the left eye and then the muscle would be stronger because it would be used more. Since the brain seems to have picked up on this, it has instead turned the right eye off occassionally in order to use the left. Basically, her brain needs to learn to balance the information that each eye is giving while using both eyes. So we’ve been told to hold off on patching. If we notice one eye crossing regularly then we can patch the opposite eye to encourage the brain to find that balance. Its a kind of gray “call it as it happens” sort of thing. So we just have to pay attention and tailor the patching routine (if any) to what her eyes need based on which one appears to be weaker lately. Good news because the patching worked!

When O first got her glasses we knew we wanted to go with Miraflex brand frames. In my research I found that they had great reviews from parents, they seemed to be kid friendly in design (flexible with a security strap in the back) and the color options seemed fun and animated … just like my toddler. Not to mention they came highly recommended for her age group by my Facebook support group “Little Four Eyes” as well as the optometrist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Hubby liked that they weren’t round and especially liked the soft pink/peach color. We decided on the translucent pink rectangular frames because the color was subtle for a small girl with fair skin and nearly white hair. We didn’t want to plop bright purple frames on such a light and soft little face. We thought a bright color would dominate her little features and people would see the glasses first … or worse, only see the glasses and not O. Soft pink was just the most “O” we thought. Upon their arrival our optometrist installed her lenses and we were good to go.

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Well, we thought. We received them mid September. By mid October we noticed that the frames were looking less pink and more white. It was even more obvious when we looked back at photos from just a month before. But we were busy and they were still pink enough so we left the glasses as they were. Once we got into November even other people were noticing the color change. Several people even thought she got new frames all together. In the photo above the frames are just a week old. In the one below they are just a day old. Soft pink, right?

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The photo below is a better close up… its the most realistic (at least on my screen) representation of the color.

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By Thanksgiving the glasses were white. The only pink left was the strap around the back of her head. For as much as they cost (our bill for a complete pair of frames and lenses  before our vision insurance was processed was just shy of $500) we felt like the color should stay. I called Children’s and asked them if I was crazy… “Am I imagining it or have her frames faded to white?” The woman on the phone told me I wasn’t the first to call about Miraflex in a translucent color fading. She told me to choose a new color (since we’d likely face the same issue if we ordered the same color) and she’d file for manufacturer defect and trade them out for us. It was that easy! I wasn’t put on hold and I didn’t even fill out a form or anything!

The new frames arrived today… we chose the solid pink (still a lighter choice). Here she is one last time in the once soft pink (turned white) frames.20131205-205648.jpg

And below she is in the new solid pink frames (just before they popped her old lenses in the new frame so she’s crossing). But wow… the brighter pink is really growing on all of us. O couldn’t stop looking in the mirror at the shop. I literally had to pry her away from the mirror to go home. “Oh woo woo!” she said. Now that she is used to glasses and we are used to seeing them on her, I don’t think the color takes over too much. In fact, they might be a pretty good match with her bright little personality. They really are a part of her… she almost does’t look like herself without them on now.20131205-205659.jpg

Props to Cincinnati Children’s, Thoma & Suttom Optometrists and Miraflex on service. It was almost too easy. All in all, the glasses themselves are sturdy and I think we will be sticking with them until she is old enough to truly take care of them. So far Miraflex have survived countless stumbles, one tumble down the steps and lots of run-ins with A and Z. I recently witnessed a child about O’s age break his 3rd pair of glasses in just a few months. I secretly sighed in relief that my chances of having to deal with broken glasses is pretty slim.

*I am in no way affiliated with the makers of Miraflex. I was not asked to review or share my experience nor was I compensated for what I have written here. I’m just a mom sharing my experiences.*

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