Yesterday was Caden’s eye appointment. She was VERY excited.
They said the appointment could take up to two hours, so we came prepared with snacks, books, kindles, and her ipad. They were running a little late, but I knew to expect that too. It was the same clinic that did all of her surgeries, and they are always running late.
They sat her in the chair and had her read the letters. The letters were pretty tall on the screen and yet she kept getting them wrong. She would say P when it was an R, B when it was a D, C when it was an O. She looked at me and I shook my head. I felt so awful.
They dilated her eyes and after the requisite wait we came back in and they put these goggles on her with corrective lenses in them. She immediately got a big smile on her face, kicked her feet and shouted out the (now much tinier) letters. She could see! She was so, so excited. I felt awful.
I knew going into this she would need glasses and I thought I had done my research, but when we got to the clinic I realized I hadn’t done enough research. How much do frames cost? How much do lenses cost? What kind of selection do they have? While we were waiting to be taken back I had her try on a bunch of frames and we found a pair that we both really liked. She wanted color, I wanted neutral, and these were a mix of both. Plus they looked super cute on her.
My original intention was to hit Target Optical this week and pick out frames for her, but after finding the perfect pair what to do? Target only carries about 80 frames for kids, the eye clinic had 200+. Would she be able to find something we both loved there? I’m all about efficiency these days, plus the mom guilt was strong so we ordered from the eye clinic.
Did I overpay? Sure I did. But, the eye clinic will replace her glasses if they break for free, whereas everywhere else charges you for that warranty, as well as the replacement pair of glasses or lenses. Should we need this service, we’ll likely break even. Although if she loses her glasses, the next pair will absolutely come from Target.