I have looked at questions on this site and most of them are trying to get their kids to learn to wear glasses. My question is a pre-cursor of sorts. Just today my 3 and a half year old was diagnosed with astigmatism and the doctor wants him on prescription lens. My question is what kind of frame should I begin searching for ?

History with Sunglasses : Every single time he was bought a sunnies, the first thing he did was to hold the temples (piece that goes over the ear) and pull them apart. After wasting a few sunnies we found the rubber framed ones and there has been no problem. The issue is, none of the optometrists in the city I live in (Australia) stock rubber based frames (most hadn't even heard of such a thing).

Since a frame and lens really cost an arm and leg in Australia, my question is, what kind of a frame should I get for a destructive 3.5 year old for prescription lens ?

  • You may want to edit your question slightly to keep it on topic - "which frame" is off topic (asking for specific models), but "what kind of frame" is probably okay (asking for characteristics of frames that are good for children).
    – Joe
    Commented Nov 27, 2018 at 15:20
  • Talk to the opticians about what they offer. This doesn't really seem like a parenting question.
    – user20343
    Commented Nov 27, 2018 at 17:56

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You can always order the rubber frames online and have your optometrist simply put the lenses in.

At the very worst case scenario, you can get your child's prescription, and your own pre-ordered rubber frames, and shop around to find an eyeglass store that will do the work.

I've been doing this for over a decade with my own frames/lenses with very little push-back, though I'm not in Australia so YMMV.

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