As a child who needed glasses in the early ’80s, I had very little to choose from. Spectacles were clunky, unappealing and – if you were accident-prone – usually held together by sellotape after a few weeks’ wear.
How far we’ve come. Gwen and I were invited by Specsavers to try on glasses from their new Frozen range. This is the sort of quality and panache that spectacle-wearing primary school children can expect these days:
Our Gwen has a slight squint as well as poor vision due to long-sightedness. She’s worn glasses since she was two; her previous pairs have been the super-resilient Miraflex, especially designed for toddlers with flexible frames and a strap to keep then held in place on little faces. She always received compliments on them; but at three and a half she’s growing out of her old pairs, and she was excited at the prospect of trying out ‘big girl’ spectacles.
The new Frozen glasses were launched at the beginning of September and come in four different styles, featuring Anna, Elsa or Olaf on their arms. The glasses Gwen tried on appeared to be good quality, in sophisticated styles and colours ranging from grey-blue to warm purple.
Although we had a little wait to be seen at our very busy local store, we were able to walk in without an appointment and use Gwen’s hospital prescription to order two pairs of glasses (Specsavers have a deal where you receive two pairs free with each under-16 NHS eyecare voucher – invaluable, seeing as youngsters are very likely to lose a pair). The staff were patient and child-friendly; Gwen took an age to make her choice, but I didn’t feel any pressure to hurry her along.
The beauty of Specsavers’ children’s glasses is that there are so many to choose from. Although the Frozen glasses were my personal favourites out of the Disney spectacles, and Gwen did like them, in the end she plumped for a couple of pink pairs from the Princess and Minnie Mouse ranges. How could I say no to this beaming little face?
When Gwen’s glasses arrived a week later, a Specsavers optician adjusted them to her face (she’s at the younger end of the glasses age range). Over the next day or so they were slipping down her nose a little, but we took them back in for another adjustment, and now they fit well.
Like with her old pairs, Gwen gets a lot of compliments on her glasses. Spectacle-wearing in children used to have a stigma attached to it; but – for the time being at least – with her funky new specs Gwen is nothing but proud (and the envy of her little peers).
Glasses from Specsavers’ new Frozen range are priced at around £64 each, or free for under-16s with an NHS optical voucher. Children receive a spare pair when they present the voucher.
We were given two free pairs of glasses from the Disney range for the purpose of this review. All views are my own.