thank you for sharing your experiences!
We went to an office that is mainly for children, toddlers and babies. Our daughter is very sensitive to her environment so we needed to choose glasses that would not bother her face or ears. The optical tech suggested plastic with the spring hinges over the flexible metal because sensitive children don't like the nose pieces on the metal.
The tech also made sure the lens style would accommodate our DD's face: choosing glasses that wouldn't slip down so my DD could look over the frames, or frames too wide for her face.
I think I may buy the head strap aftermarket. We didn't get the solartints but we are thinking of getting the clip-ons only because it costs so much to replace the glasses if they break, this would be one last thing to replace.
So far, we are happy with the initial experience but we'll see what happens when we get the glasses on DD's face and she wears them at home.
For you next pair, I would ask your pediatrician who they recommend. We use the same office as the children's hospital here although the drive is over an hour one way.
Originally Posted by ElaynesMom
My almost 3 year wears glasses full time for accomodative esotropia. I find that she takes her glasses off less if they have cable temples (the arms that wrap around the ear). Unfortunately the office we went to had a painfully poor selection of toddler frames, and she has broken her glasses twice in less than 3 months. If you can find a pair that are flexible or have flexible arms they might be a good idea. We got the transitions coating which has been great as she doesn't need a second pair of prescription sungless for when we spend the day outside, they have scratched easier than I would have liked though, so next time I'm going to look into more scratch resistant lenses. The most important thing I think is to make sure the glasses are an excellent fit. Neither pair of glasses we've had fits as well as they should, and I'm frequently having to adjust her glasses. To be honest, I don't think the office we went to has a lot of experience fitting very young children. Thankfully she will be getting a new pair in about a month. If I lived anywhere close to an office that carried Fisher Price frames or Miraflex frames I would definitely consider those as they seems much more suitable for toddlers than scaled down versions of adult glasses.
Sorry I can't be of more help, this is relatively new to us as well.