Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Our First Glasses Disaster

It was inevitable that it was going to happen at some point, and today it did.  One month to the day since Freddy got his glasses.  For four weeks his Mr Bump specs have withstood the rigours of being launched across the room, hidden under the sofa and being driven over by toy cars.  But this morning Freddy finally got the better of them and managed to rip one of the arms clean off.  It wasn't done in temper, he just bent it back and snap!

Thankfully, there is a Specsavers in our local town and so we rang up and headed in.  The staff were fabulous and replaced the frames while we waited.  Freddy entertained all the old folk who were waiting for eye tests and was adorable singing and smiling at his audience of pensioners.

With his glasses fixed, and put on for him by the very lovely optician, Freddy proudly kept them on as we walked back to the car.  I let him pick a treat from Gregg's and he chose a Spiky Mikey, which for anyone who is not a connoisseur of Gregg's pies and cakes, is a star shaped, chocolate coated shortbread with Smarties for eyes.  Freddy deserved a treat for being so well behaved and lovely.

He kept his glasses on all the way home and I thought that maybe this was a turning point in our battle to correct Fred's vision.  However, the second he was home he removed them and flung them across the living room!

I hope this pair survive longer than the originals and that Fred soon understands why we keep encouraging him to wear them.  The battle continues!


  1. This really made me laugh, when Mini first got his specs we were forever at the opticians getting repairs and replacements for for a year or so we had to have two pairs as one was always be repairs. It has got better with age and at nearly six we manage to just about get six months out of a pair of glasses with a couple of repairs involved.

    If he is still only wearing them reluctantly I would seriously consider curled sides which turn round his ears, as they are much harder for them to take on and off.

  2. Thanks for this Jen...not only do I feel better about the fact that we've had to replace them already, but that is a good tip about the curled sides! Will definitely look into that! xxx

  3. We are continually at the opticians getting them fixed. We have two pairs and both pairs get bent out of shape constantly. Thankfully the opticians are really good about it. Good luck Freddy and he's doing fab xx

  4. You did SO well to last as long as you did without an accident. My friend was forever at the opticians when her little lad had to have specs. Someone should invent some rubber ones....perhaps there's an idea for The Dragons? ;) xxx

  5. I am so glad that you were able to get Freddy's glasses repaired at Specsavers.
    I still think he looks really cute in them and what a good boy to wear them to the car
    even if he did take them off once you arrived back home. I would have loved to have been one of those lucky pensioners who was entertained by Freddy.

  6. There's only ever one choice when we go to Greggs - "My Roll" (i.e.a big sausage roll, which she pulls to pieces, and scoffs the lot) Freddie looks so pleased they're fixed there!

  7. Hi, how did it come to light that he needed glasses? Should I be getting Aaron a routine check? Sorry for the silly question from a 1st time Mum. Liska xx

  8. Hi Liska. No such thing as a silly question! Freddy's eye was reflecting white in flash photographs so he had an optician's appointment which discovered he has really poor vision in his left eye. It looks wrong and I thought there was something not quite right with it for a while. If he's tired it looks droopy and not as responsive as the other eye. I don't think they routinely check them, only if you think there is a problem. Wendy xxx



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