Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part LXXXIV: Glasses

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Glasses are problematic for people with Down syndrome. Concomitant with Down syndrome are a smaller mid-face, a smaller nose, and no bridge. These are all ingredients for a face that doesn’t work well with typical glasses. Considering that low tone affects the muscles that help focus our eyes, we can expect our kids with Down syndrome to need glasses.

Alice’s vision is not so bad, but by the end of the day, she definitely needs them for reading. So what do you do? You go to Specs4Us, a company that makes frames that are designed specifically for people with Down syndrome. The company was started by Maria Dellapina, an experienced optician with a daughter with Down syndrome. I’m very happy that the company exists because the glasses they make are perfect on Alice. She thinks so too.


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